The mother of a baby girl given just a 1% chance of survival has described her birth as a “Christmas miracle” after rejecting pressure to have an abortion.
When Kirsty Mizon’s waters broke at just 13 weeks, doctors told her that her baby would pass away within 48 hours and that she should go home and wait for it to happen.
Recalling the event to Derbyshire Live, Kirsty said: “I was devastated. I went home and I waited for the inevitable to happen.
“But it didn’t. My baby’s heartbeat was still going strong.”
As her pregnancy progressed, the doctors persisted in offering her an abortion, telling the 23-year-old that her baby “will be handicapped and won’t be able to use his limbs.”
She said: “They gave her a one per cent survival rate because I was constantly losing amniotic fluid…
“Doctors said with no fluid the baby wouldn’t have any lung capacity or be able to move. It was awful.”
Kirsty began to make funeral arrangements for her unborn baby.
She revealed: “I had been in touch with a bereavement midwife before and I cried so many tears for the baby I thought I was going to lose. I was even put on antidepressants.”
When she finally went into labour at 29 weeks Kirsty was resigned to her unborn baby being a stillborn.
However, against all odds, baby Lacey was born alive at 29 weeks on 1 December weighing a tiny 3lbs.
Kirsty explained when she heard her baby cry, “it was the best feeling ever, the greatest sound I have ever heard.”
She added that baby Lacey is “doing really well” and only has one minor problem which can be fixed with physiotherapy.
It is hoped, Lacey can join her mother, her father, Lewis, and two brothers, Leo and Logan, in the family home in the new year.
She added: “I am still in shock. I just can’t believe I have a baby. A beautiful baby girl.
“She is my Christmas miracle.”