Mum finally hugs UK’s smallest ever premature baby after being told she won’t survive


Parents Ellie Paton and Brandon Stibbles were finally able to hold their baby Hannah Stibbles, the UK’s smallest ever premature baby who weighed 11 ounces when born

Tiny tot Hannah Stibbles
Tiny tot Hannah Stibbles

The parents of Britain’s smallest ever premature baby have told of their joy after they finally got to hug her and read her stories.

Baby Hannah Stibbles is now a month old, and was born on December 30 by emergency C-section at 25 weeks and weighs only 11 ounces.

Tiny Hannah is thought to be the smallest baby ever to survive in the UK and was given a 20 per cent chance of pulling through by doctors.

Parents Ellie Paton, 17, and Brandon Stibbles, 21, are now finally able to hold the tot, who will stay in the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, in Glasgow, until she is big and healthy enough to go home.

The couple, from Newmilns, Ayrshire, were warned by medics ‘babies that small don’t survive’ – but Hannah was strong enough to breath by herself.

Parents Brandon Stibbles and Ellie Paton
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Doctors think Hannah might be Britain’s smallest premature baby ever
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They are counting down the days until Hannah can be transferred to Crosshouse Hospital, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, which is closer to home.

Hannah now tips the scales at 19.2 ounces and her eyes have opened.

Her delighted parents have been able to feed her through a tube – although one of her lungs has collapsed.

Mum Ellie holding Hannah
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The couple are enjoying reading her stories and watching their baby respond as she now recognizes their voices.

Dad Brandon said: “We have both got to hold her a couple of times.

“It’s a completely different feeling – you can either pick her up from the incubator or they can bring her over.

Dad Brandon with Hannah
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“We prefer that, she’s really really small.

“Her eyes have opened and she’s pretty aware now.

“She was waving at us, and we wave back. We are there every day, every day.”

The couple have read her books including Dilly Duckling, and Giraffes Can’t Dance.

The tiny baby is about the size of her parent’s hands
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Ellie added: “It’s not just good for her, it’s good for us as well. We get to change her nappies from her quite often as well now.

“Because she’s got chronic lung disease there’s a really high chance she will need oxygen when she’s discharged, but she’s done amazingly well.”

The couple have yet to see their families, and have not been back to Ayrshire while no relatives have yet met Hannah.

Brandon added: “She definitely recognizes our voices when we speak to her, she starts waving her hands.

Doctors thought Hannah had about a 20 per cent chance of surviving after birth
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“She gets dead relaxed when we hold her, Hannah absolutely loves skin to skin contact.

“The best her numbers have been is when she has cuddles and we got to hold her for about three and a half hours.

“We are spending all day every day with Hannah and haven’t seen our families, we are more bothered by being by Hannah all the time.”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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