Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

But Look at Him NOW! Born Premature and Weighing Less Than a Bag of Sugar, Tiny Miracle Baby Rhys Battled to Survive EXCLUSIVE

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

But Look at Him NOW! Born Premature and Weighing Less Than a Bag of Sugar, Tiny Miracle Baby Rhys Battled to Survive EXCLUSIVE

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Byline: By MIKE MORGAN

THE loving family of "miracle baby" Rhys Blows have double cause to celebrate his amazing first birthday.

When livewire tot Rhys was born by Caesarean section a year ago he was three-and-a-half months premature, weighed just 1lb 14oz and fitted into the hand of his dad, Andrew Blows, of New Skelton.

He fought tenaciously to live - as did his brave mum Lisa Wright, 29, who lost seven pints of blood and had to have two emergency blood transfusions at Middlesbrough's James Cook University Hospital.

Thankfully, both pulled through with flying colours.

The cause of Lisa's problem was a rupture of the placenta. Doctors had to perform an emergency section and battle to save Rhys and his mum at the same time.

Lisa, an assistant nurse at Middlesbrough's St Luke's Hospital, said: "Rhys is definitely our miracle baby!

"I was unconscious after my operation and didn't see Rhys for two days.

"But the doctors and nurses at the neo-natal unit were fantastic."

She said Rhys has had his complications "as all premature babies do".

"And just before Christmas he had a chest infection and had to go back into hospital for a day's observation.

"But he's fine now - very alert and active. As bright as a button!"

The devoted couple have been engaged for three years and Rhys is their first, treasured child.

Proud dad Andrew, a 31-year-old carpet fitter, of Badminton Avenue, said: "Doctors said I could have lost them both at the time.

"But now Lisa's fine and Rhys is celebrating his first birthday.

"He's the apple of our eyes!"

At first, Lisa's pregnancy seemed to be progressing normally when, out of the blue, the life-threatening problem struck.

She was rushed into James Cook.

After an emergency operation and blood transfusions, both she and Rhys were fighting for their lives. Little Rhys was later transferred to an incubator in intensive care.

Lisa said: "We are so grateful to all the doctors, nurses and other staff at James Cook - they saved both our lives. …

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