THE parents of a newborn baby, who weighs little more than a bag of sugar, have called her their little miracle.
Tiny Lucy Derbyshire was just 2lbs 11oz when she was born four weeks ago by emergency Caesarean section.
At just 27 weeks into her pregnancy, mum Debbie Brady, 38, of Ribbleton Drive, Accring-ton and her partner Damien Derbyshire were terrified the baby would not survive.
Debbie said: “It took the surgeons three minutes to get her out and amazingly she was breathing on her own. The doctors told us they thought she was made of iron because of the way she came into the world.”
Little Lucy was immediately taken into the intensive care unit at the Royal Blackburn Hospital.
Dad Damien, 35, who was present, said: “When I saw her I couldn’t believe it. It was just amazing.”
Shortly after her dramatic entrance into the world, Lucy was taken to Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester to be looked after by specialists.
But she was soon doing so well doctors said she could return to the Royal Blackburn to be closer to her parents’ home.
However, she developed a minor infection and had to be helped with her breathing.
Full-time mum Debbie said: “She is my little angel. Her wings are broken right now but we are trying to fix them. Everyone has been shocked by how strong she is. She is our little miracle.”
Doctors hope Lucy will be able go home in April when her parents plan to organise her christening with a family party including her brother Matthew Taylor, 14, and sister Megan Derbyshire, 18.
And in July the couple hope Lucy will be the youngest guest at their wedding.
On Tuesday Lucy was transferred to the neo-natal intensive care unit at Burnley General Hospital.
Although she still weighs just over two pounds, her parents said she is getting stronger each day.
Debbie said: “She is a little fighter. We love her so much. If she does come home when the doctors say, she will be there before her original due birth date. It will be great when we can bring her home.”