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First Birthday for Miracle Baby

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7:01am 17th November 2012

Pirate FM has learnt a Cornish mum who gave birth six weeks early after suffering from pre-eclampsia was petrified her baby girl might die.

Little Lily Underwood is celebrating her first birthday at home in St Austell on Saturday, which is World Prematurity Day.

Clare gave birth to Lily after ten weeks of suffering with severe pre-eclampsia which affects blood pressure and is serious cause of preterm birth.lily2

After plenty of bed rest and a few hospital stays for Clare, Lily Louise was born six weeks early at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, very poorly and was whisked away to the neonatal intensive care unit.

Lily suffered a collapsed lung, jaundice, and two bleeds on the brain.

Mum Clare wasn't able to hold Lily until she was a week old.

Her family are releasing dozens of lanterns to mark the occasion, as well as holding a raffle and silent auction to raise money for Bliss a charity for premature and special care babies.

Mum Clare says the support charity was a lifeline: "I had steroid injections that are meant to help the lungs and it just didn't get through to her so we knew already that she had very immature lungs. Then, on day three of her life, her lung collapsed and that was absolutely petrifying. We really did think that we might lose her."

7:01am 17th November 2012

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