Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Proud Parents Full of Hope for Battling Millei; 'She Has Had a Very Difficult Start to Life' 'She Has Had a Very Difficult Start to Life'

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Proud Parents Full of Hope for Battling Millei; 'She Has Had a Very Difficult Start to Life' 'She Has Had a Very Difficult Start to Life'

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Byline: EMMA KING

BORN weighing less than a bag of sugar tiny Millie Porri-Wright has battled to survive despite the odds being stacked against her.

The tot came into the world 11 weeks prematurely, fitting into the palm of an adult's hand at a weight of just 1lb 4oz.

Now five-months-old, Millie is the weight of a newborn and despite doing well has yet to leave the Special Care Baby Unit at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary. Her engaged parents Katie Porri and offshore worker Jonathan Wright, both 21, can't wait to take their first child home to Jarrow, South Tyneside, and begin their life as a family.

But they know their battle is not over as Millie will need oxygen 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week for anything up to two years as she has been diagnosed with chronic lung disease.

Katie, a healthcare assistant, said: "We are just taking things one day at a time. It has been a difficult few months but she is doing well and things are looking good.

"Millie has developed a little personality and she is very alert, always looking around, which is lovely to see.

"I'm so proud of her as she has had a very difficult start to life and has fought very hard to be here."

Millie, who now weighs 7lb 12oz, was born by emergency caesarean section on November 7 and was quickly transferred to an incubator for oxygen.

Katie was told at her 20-week scan that her baby was not growing as expected.

Following another scan at 28 weeks, the mum-of-one was informed of the devastating news that her placenta had stopped working and Millie had not been growing for four weeks.

Just days later doctors took the bold decision that the only option was to deliver Millie to give her the best chance of survival.

"I was petrified," said Katie. "It was touch and go as to whether Millie would survive and that was terrifying. …

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