Daisy, who was born 13 weeks early, is now at school and has recently started gymnastics - and has become a big sister to baby Poppy, who also arrived early, five weeks before her due date.
But Daisy's earliest days were a roller coaster of ups and downs. Born weighing just 1 lb 8.5 oz, Daisy was ventilated five times, treated for a potentially deadly bowel condition and had laser treatment for retinopathy, a condition that can damage the sight of premature babies. She also suffered collapsed lungs and pneumonia, and had suspected meningitis.
“It was very frightening for us to see Daisy connected to all the wires and machinery looking so vulnerable, but keeping her alive,” says her mum Deborah. “She proved to be a fighter though.”
When Daisy was four weeks old, she took part in a trial funded by Action Medical Research to test a new way of measuring the heart rate of babies undergoing resuscitation. The SurePulse sensor (previously known as the Heartlight sensor) is a small electronic device that can be placed on the baby’s forehead to provide continuous information about its heart rate.
“We were happy for Daisy to do this as she had been given treatments that had been researched, and we wanted to be able to do something to help babies in the future,” Deborah says.
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