Little Ava Allen was born weighing only one pound four ounces, 14 weeks early.
She was born with a rare lung disorder, Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia, which hinders the development of the lungs, and given only 20% chance of survival.
Her mum, Vicki, didn’t even know she was pregnant until she collapsed at work and was rushed to hospital.
Then she went through a traumatic delivery and lost over 3 pints of blood, and then doctors had to perform emergency surgery on baby Ava.
No baby as premmie as her had survived the surgery.
But Ava did survive and had to spend the next 15 weeks in an incubator – being too small to hold.
New mum Vicki, 20, started to read Roger Hargreaves’ Mr Tickle to her.
“All I wanted to do was pick her up and cuddle her, she was so small and fragile, but she was too small to hold,” she told the Daily Mail.
“The most I could do was stroke her cheek through the incubator but when I started reading Mr Tickle her heart monitor started to settle down.
“It was amazing. I knew straight away she liked the book and it was helping so after that I read her every single Mr Men and Little Miss book.
“Now that she’s pulled through against all the odds I’m sure the Mr Men helped, those books will always have a special place in my heart.
“She still loves the Mr Men and starts to jump up and down when she sees me with the Mr Tickle book.”
Ava hasn’t suffered any complications from her birth or surgery, and is a happy nine-month old girl who loves the Mr Men books!
Source: Daily Mail