Lucia Sansbury

A premature baby born weighing just 1lb has defied the odds to reach her first birthday ? despite being so small she had to be kept alive in a sandwich bag.

Miracle baby Lucia Sansbury weighed less than half a bag of sugar when she was born more than three months early.

She also needed emergency treatment to repair her bowel and laser surgery to save her eyesight.

She was so small that medics had to improvise by placing her in clear plastic sandwich bag to keep her warm.

One year on, little Lucia has celebrated the first birthday that her parents Emma and Steve Sansbury feared she would never see.

The couple from Redruth, Cornwall, endured five failed IVF treatments and two miscarriages before Lucia arrived 13 weeks early.

She was delivered at the Royal Cornwall Hospital under the supervision of renowned consultant Aylur Rajasri.

Mrs Sansbury, 39, said: ?We all knew she would be small but I don?t think anyone expected her to be quite that small.

?Staff at Plymouth said she was the size of a 22-week gestation baby.?

Lucia had to have a damaged section of her bowel removed and a temporary colostomy bag fitted while her bowel matured.

She also underwent laser surgery on her eyes.

Mr and Mrs Sansbury celebrated Lucia?s first birthday last week with a party for family and friends.

The family also asked people to donate money to the Cots for Tots appeal, which buys specialist incubators, and to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

It may be years before they know if Lucia is suffering from any long-term problems.

Mrs Sansbury said: ?Lucia?s lungs are really good but we won?t know if there are any other problems for possibly years.

?Lucia is lovely and when your baby has had to fight just to survive, you are just glad you have them regardless of what problems may come.?

Mr Rajasri, a consultant in maternal and foetal medicine who specialises in high-risk pregnancies, said: ?They were an incredible family to work with and they were very brave.

?I call Lucia my miracle baby. Their story really shows the difference we can make.?


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