Little miracle marks first year

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A tiny baby boy born weighing just under two pounds has beaten the odds to celebrate his first birthday.

Clark Tahoe Fawcett was born 16 weeks early on January 11 last year.

Weighing just 1lb 10oz at birth, doctors estimated he had only a 30 per cent chance of survival.

But after fighting for his life in intensive care for several months, Clark is now home in Arnside Crescent in Morecambe, and last week enjoyed his first birthday party. After his premature birth at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, Clark was rushed to Royal Preston Hospital’s specialist neonatal unit where he received around-the-clock care.

Clarke’s mum Miami, 27, who is originally from Canada, said: “It was a scary time. His lungs were the biggest concern because they hadn’t formed properly. A valve on his heart needed to be closed, he needed a ventilator to breathe and he had to be fed via a drip. At only two weeks old he suffered septicaemia and we nearly lost him, but he pulled through.”

Dad Jamie, 29, added: “You have to take each day as it comes really. You don’t have any choice but to keep sane and keep going.”

Clark, whose middle name Tahoe means ‘on the edge’ in a native American dialect, had 10 blood transfusions and at one point was on 10 different drugs a day.

On March 1 last year Clark was finally deemed stable enough to be transferred to Lancaster, still weighing under 2lbs.

And he finally left hospital on May 20, 18 days after his original due date, weighing 6lb 4oz and still using oxygen.

He faced further surgery in July, when it was discovered he was profoundly deaf in both ears, but by early September he was off oxygen.

And today Clark is a strong, healthy boy, weighing a respectable 19lbs 4oz.

He has hearing aids in both ears and uses inhalers to aid his chronic lung disease.

Miami added: “He is just a little miracle. We couldn’t have asked for more support, everyone has been absolutely brilliant. All the staff in the RLI and RPH neo-natal units were just fantastic.” The couple will be doing a sky dive in May in aid of the National Deaf Children’s Society, and anyone wishing to support them can do so by going to their web page at www.justgiving.com/Miami-Ayashe-Fawcett.