Miracle tot born smaller than a glove is now a strong-willed little girl

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A "miraculous" tot who was born smaller than a glove is now a healthy and "strong-willed" little girl.

Saoirse Maguire looks a picture of health as a four-year-old… but she was smaller than a glove when she was born.

She weighed 1lb 7oz when delivered via an emergency C-section 12 weeks early.

The tot spent 97 days in hospital battling a collapsed lung and multiple infections.

She needed blood transfusions and surgery before being allowed home with parents Pia and Ben, now both 37.

Pia, a human resources adviser, said: “When I saw Saoirse for the first time I couldn’t believe just how tiny she was.

“We popped a glove on her to take a picture – to show just how tiny she was.

“Now she can wear gloves that size.

“She is an amazing and strong-willed little girl. We are so proud of her.”

Pia was admitted to St Mary’s Hospital in London at 26 weeks pregnant, as her blood pressure had shot up.

A week later, in July 2017, doctors realised blood was not flowing back to the baby so they needed to do an emergency C-section.

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Pia said: “It was terrifying. My husband wasn’t even there – I had to call him so he could rush to the hospital.

“All I heard was a tiny cry and then I didn’t see her until a day later.”

It was a shock when the new mum finally met her baby.

Pia said: “Her hands were smaller than my little finger. It was so hard not being able to hold her.”

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When she was four weeks old, a collapsed lung saw Saoirse returning to another hospital to undergo surgery.

She was allowed home on October 30, 2017, to be with her parents and her sisters Ava, 11, and Maya, nine.

Saoirse is now thriving but still wears clothes made for two and three-year-olds.

Proud Pia, from north-west London, said: “She does now have some learning difficulties and has a short attention span, but she is incredible – so cheeky and full of charisma.”

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