Premature Baby Born So Small a Wedding Ring Fit Around Her Arm Survives the Odds and Turns 1

International   |   Emily Derois   |   May 9, 2016   |   9:32AM   |   Washington, DC

Last year, LifeNews reported the miraculous story of Mollie Perrin who was born with a typically fatal condition called intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR). Her parents, James and Stephanie, were heartbroken when told that their daughter wouldn’t likely survive three weeks after birth.

On April 27, however, the little girl defied the odds and celebrated her first birthday, according to The Sun.

“She is one determined little girl,” her father told the newspaper.

James Perrin explained Mollie’s disorder: “The placenta didn’t work properly and in tandem with that, there was umbilical cord restriction, restricting the growth of the baby, because she wasn’t getting the nutrients she needed. Mollie just wasn’t getting fed properly. Every week she fell behind in size.”

When she was born, little Mollie weighed just 1 pound 1 ounce, so small that James was able to slip his wedding ring around her arm, according to the report. After 17 weeks in the hospital, she gained weight, and her parents were at last able to bring their daughter home.

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Mollie’s father described the joy after receiving the happy news that their daughter would come home: “That’s been the hardest bit; going home and not taking our baby daughter with us. Seeing all these other parents come in, having their baby and being able to take them home has been heart breaking. But knowing we will soon be able to do that is a massive relief. It just shows that it is possible to overcome all the odds, and miracles do happen.”

Now, Mollie has just celebrated her 1st birthday. Janes and Stephanie are overjoyed at the increasing strength and growth of their daughter.

The Sun reported more about the British family’s touching story:

“She is now putting weight on and is 10lbs 13oz. She is doing really well and we have now been able to get her into a routine because it’s just getting better and better with her.

“She is standing now and has two front teeth coming through. It is amazing what she has been through and she has proved everybody wrong.

“We both keep looking at Mollie and keep thinking how grateful we are to have her here and have her at home with us. Everybody still calls her Miracle Mollie and she is.”

Despite a brief meningitis scare after they returned home last year, James, 39, said that his daughter had settled into life at home perfectly.

He added: “We are in the period now where we are starting to reflect on this time last year.

“We found out in March last year that she wouldn’t live for longer than three weeks and they said it was almost impossible for our little girl to survive. It was the most difficult time of our lives and something you wouldn’t wish on anybody.

“But after everything we have seen Mollie do in the last year, we are just extremely proud of her and how strong she is in everything she does.”

Tiny premature babies like Mollie are defying the odds and surviving outside the womb more than ever before. A study published in 2015 in the New England Journal of Medicine found that 23% of infants are surviving at an astonishing 22 weeks gestation. Sadly, in America, babies in the womb at this stage can still be aborted for any reason, but stories like Mollie’s are helping people to recognize that every baby deserves a chance at life.

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