Baby Blossom Elliott beats the odds to celebrate her first birthday after being born at 25 weeks

Baby Blossom Elliott beats the odds to celebrate her first birthday after being born at 25 weeks

BIRTHDAY JOY: Tim and Michelle Elliott with baby Blossom,

FIGHT FOR LIFE: Blossom in an incubator

First published in News

A BABY has beaten the odds to celebrate her first birthday today.

Blossom Elliott, from Wool, and her twin Melodee were born prematurely at 25 weeks.

Tragically, Melodee passed away at just 15 days old due to an infection in her lungs.

She weighed one pound and nine ounces while Blossom was even smaller, weighing one pound and four ounces.

The twins were born at Portsmouth’s Queen Alexandra Hospital and were immediately transferred to the neonatal intensive care unit, which specialises in the care of ill or premature newborn babies.

Parents Tim Elliott, 38, and Michelle O’Neil, 27, spent six weeks ‘almost living’ at the hospital.

The family were then transferred to Poole and on April 14, 2013 finally made their journey home.

Dad Tim said: “It has been a real rollercoaster year of emotions. When we found out Michelle was pregnant in September 2012 we were delighted it was twins.

“But Michelle suffered from Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD) meaning her body thought it was time to give birth when it wasn’t, and on February 26 last year - at just 25 weeks pregnant - her waters broke.”

Michelle was kept in hospital for six days after her waters broke and was given steroid injections so that the babies’ lungs could function efficiently when she went into labour.

Tim added: “Blossom had terrible reflux after six weeks in hospital and she struggled to breath properly, having to be resuscitated by doctors a few times, which was horrible because it brought back memories of Melodee passing.

“Losing Melodee was devastating; nothing could have prepared us for what happened.

“But one of the things that keeps us going is Blossom and the fact she is doing so well.

“Since she was three months premature, Blossom is three months behind other babies.

“She cannot crawl, walk or talk yet.

“Despite our loss we are so lucky to have Blossom; she really was a miracle. We have also given Blossom the middle name of Melodee so she always has a part of her sister with her.”

The couple will hold a birthday party for Blossom and release balloons in memory of Melodee on Saturday.

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11:21am Mon 3 Mar 14

mac340v8 says...

Have a long and healthy life, little one.
Have a long and healthy life, little one. mac340v8
  • Score: 6

12:32pm Mon 3 Mar 14

we-shall-see says...

What an amazing story of babies surviving at such an early birth - just one week after the current abortion limit. This story proves babies can and do survive at that gestation, so the abortion limit should be set to a max of 12 weeks IMO

Wishing baby Blossom a long and healthy life. She will always have her sister in her heart xx
What an amazing story of babies surviving at such an early birth - just one week after the current abortion limit. This story proves babies can and do survive at that gestation, so the abortion limit should be set to a max of 12 weeks IMO Wishing baby Blossom a long and healthy life. She will always have her sister in her heart xx we-shall-see
  • Score: 2

11:10pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Yankee1 says...

What a wonderful story!

I suggest a word of thanks be given to the NHS. Had this beautiful baby been born in America, the bills would be hundreds of thousand of pounds.
What a wonderful story! I suggest a word of thanks be given to the NHS. Had this beautiful baby been born in America, the bills would be hundreds of thousand of pounds. Yankee1
  • Score: 0

7:05pm Thu 6 Mar 14

timelliott says...

Hi Yankee1 - we have thanked the NHS countless time and also all the Doctors and Nurses and have become personal friends with some of them since our ordeal - whilst this had been relayed to the Echo there is only so much they can tell of our story - we are eternally greatfull for the life saving work the NHS does - you cannot really put a value on it - and I say it is true people bemoan the NHS and until you have been through something like we have and countless other families you cannot appreciate the great work they do.
Hi Yankee1 - we have thanked the NHS countless time and also all the Doctors and Nurses and have become personal friends with some of them since our ordeal - whilst this had been relayed to the Echo there is only so much they can tell of our story - we are eternally greatfull for the life saving work the NHS does - you cannot really put a value on it - and I say it is true people bemoan the NHS and until you have been through something like we have and countless other families you cannot appreciate the great work they do. timelliott
  • Score: 0

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