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Baby survives against the odds after being born weighing just 1lbs 2oz - the same as a loaf of bread

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<p>A baby who survived against the odds after being born weighing just 1lb 2oz now snuggles up to a doll the same weight and length as her when she first arrived. </p><p>Chesil-Jade Lim, now three, spent 99 days in hospital fighting for her life after she was born weighing just 1lbs 2oz - the same as a loaf of bread - on 22nd August 2019. </p><p>The newborn - who arrived 10 weeks early at Mater Hospital, Brisbane, Australia - was so tiny and fragile she had to be kept alive in a sandwich bag which mimics the womb. </p><p>Doctors even warned her 'terrified' family to say their goodbyes as they were so convinced the little girl was too sick to pull through. </p><p>The tiny tot nearly lost her life several times but beat the odds to come home on 29th November 2019 to with parents Charm Pineda-Lim, 33, and Jose Lim, 32, who works in IT. </p><p>Charm, a nurse, from Brisbane, Australia, said: "I was so afraid to touch her when she was first born. </p><p>"She was so tiny. </p><p>"But I never gave up on her and I fought for her to stay on ventilation so she could survive. </p><p>"I knew she was meant to live and do great things. </p><p>"She really is our miracle little girl.</p><p>"Now she has a dolly - which she absolutely loves - which was the same size as her when she was born. It's tiny." </p><p>Charm was 23 weeks pregnant when she was told that her baby was underweight and her blood flow was restricted. </p><p>Doctors advised her to undergo a termination - as they said she wouldn't make it, but Charm chose to fight for her daughter's life. </p><p>"I wanted to do whatever it took to fight for her life," she said. </p><p>"They said she was unlikely to make it or she'd have lots of problems when she was born but I didn't want to give up like that."</p><p>Charm managed to hold on until 27 weeks until Chesil's blood pressure became too high and she was rushed for an emergency c-section. </p><p>"I didn't see her when she was born," Charm said. </p><p>"I was terrified to see her and touch her after. </p><p>"She was so tiny and her skin was see-through. </p><p>"But as soon as I did, she heard my voice and started crying." </p><p>Chesil was put on a ventilator to help her breathe but doctors were constantly worried about her low saturation levels and didn't think she would survive. </p><p>Charm said: "We were told that she wasn't going to make it. </p><p>"Her saturation levels had dropped so much. </p><p>"I held her for the last time, and we even took photos just in case. </p><p>"But miraculously they suddenly went up." </p><p>Chesil spent weeks battling with her saturation levels constantly dipping and Charm fought to keep her on ventilation until she was strong enough. </p><p>She fought through multiple cardiac arrests and diseases and the couple were told she might have sepsis at one point.</p><p>“We had to keep giving her kangaroo hugs - which are skin-to-skin contact,” Charm said. </p><p>“My husband and I would do it for about four hours at a time.” </p><p>After 99 days in hospital Chesil was finally strong enough to come home. </p><p>She was kept on oxygen and came off after two months and three weeks. </p><p>"It was amazing to have her home," Charm said. </p><p>"She is very special and it was so lovely to be a normal family with her out of hospital."</p><p>Chesil is now two years old and despite being a little delayed with her speech she is healthy and happy. </p><p>"She dances and jumps around," Charm said. </p><p>"She is still very tiny and wears clothes for a one-year-old but she is perfect. </p><p>"Now she is a very sweet, happy and smart kid."</p>
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