Baby born weighing 1lb defies odds to reach first birthday

Skyla Robertson, with mum Nicole McGowan, at home in Johnstone, Renfrewshire, after celebrating her 1st birthday.

Skyla Robertson, with mum Nicole McGowan, at home in Johnstone, Renfrewshire, after celebrating her 1st birthday.

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A tiny baby born weighing the same as half a bag of sugar has defied the odds to reach her first birthday.

Teeny tot Skyla Robertson was born 14 weeks early still inside her amniotic sac – which protects a baby as it develops in the womb.

She was so small – weighing just 1lb 3oz – that doctors told her parents Nicole McGowan and Anthony Robertson there was very little chance she would survive.

But a year later miracle baby Skyla is doing well, despite still having a hole in her heart and weighing half the normal weight of a youngster her age.

Bar worker Nicole, of Johnstone, Renfrewshire, Scotland, said: “I can’t believe how far we’ve come.

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Skyla Robertson at home in Johnstone.

Skyla Robertson at home in Johnstone.

“Looking at the pictures of her back then doesn’t even show how tiny she was. She was still inside the sac when she came out, which is very rare.

“It’s a miracle she’s even alive, let alone was able to spend her first Christmas at home.”

Skyla spent 118 days in hospital and endured a heart operation after being born early. She still has a hole in her heart.

Nicole, added: “I almost cry every day knowing how lucky I am to have her here. I can’t believe how well she is today — she’s my miracle baby. She’s just perfect.”

Skyla Robertson, from Johnstone, Renfrewshire,  just after being born three months early weighing just 1lb 3oz.

Skyla Robertson, from Johnstone, Renfrewshire, just after being born three months early weighing just 1lb 3oz.

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Skyla has beaten the odds and has celebrated her 1st birthday.

Skyla has beaten the odds and has celebrated her 1st birthday.

Skyla Robertson weighed just 1lb 3oz.

Skyla Robertson weighed just 1lb 3oz.

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