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By Charlotte Nisbet


A tiny 1lb baby who fought for her life after being born as premature baby has re-enacted her adorable first photos from hospital.

Grace Cameron, now one-years-old, almost died when she caught deadly sepsis while weighing just 550 grams.

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Her terrified parents, Kirsty Farmer, 23, and Ben, 24, from Barnsley, were helpless as they watched in horror as their daughter began fighting for her life.

Grace was so premature, her whole hand was the size of an adult-sized thumb and despite being anxious about the future, the couple decided to take as many photographs with her as possible.

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Thankfully Grace made a full recovery after spending three months in hospital.

Now, she has re-enacted some of her tiny hospital photos to show how far she come.

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Kirsty, a part time sales assistant, said: “I was told at 28 weeks pregnant that Grace had stopped growing and needed to be born.

“I was devastated and when she contracted septicemia while in hospital, no one knew if her tiny body would be able to fight the infection.

“She had bleeds on both sides of her brain and needed seven blood transfusions in a bid to save her life.

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“It was touch and go and despite being worried, we decided to start taking pictures of our baby.

“I didn’t announce I’d given birth to Grace as I was so worried she wasn’t going to make it.

“But once the anti-biotics kicked in, we felt calmer and started to enjoy being parents.

“In one picture Grace’s whole hand is smaller than Ben’s thumb.

“She was clutching at it in intensive care, all we wanted to do was pick her up and hug her but we couldn’t at first.

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“We have another black and white one of her whole hand in the middle of my palm, it’s crazy how small she was.

“But Grace was a little fighter and we couldn’t be more proud that she’s about to turn two years old.”

Grace who was born by caesarean on June 11 2015,  was finally deemed healthy enough to be discharged that September.

Kirsty said: “During those three months we documented Grace’s growth in a series of cute pictures to show her size.

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“We can’t believe how tiny she was looking back and despite a few setbacks, she has done amazingly well since coming home.

“It’s crazy to see the difference in those pictures of her now compared to then and when she’s old enough, me and Ben are going to show her those first pictures in hospital.”

Grace – despite weighing just over 1lb – was strong enough to breathe on her own when she was first born.

Kirsty said: “Me and Ben couldn’t believe she was born breathing on her own, we were both so relieved.

“The first few weeks in hospital were a blur, Grace’s health had rapidly deteriorated but no one knew why.

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“It was so scary but as soon as we found out it was sepsis, doctors were able to treat her quickly.

“We were admitted to four different hospitals and as two of them were miles from our home, we were supported greatly by the Sick Children’s Trust who provide homes for parents with children in hospital.

“Thankfully despite our ups and downs, Grace’s health was improving and we could start to see the end of the tunnel.”

Grace had to wait until she weighed over 4lbs before she was released from hospital but looking at her now, you’d never know she’d been born so small.

Kirsty said: “She’s full of life now and is a happy, cheeky little girl.

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“We can’t believe she’d going to be turning two in June.

“It seems just like yesterday when she came home on oxygen and was smaller than my forearm.

“I hope our story gives any other parents who are going through something similar hope.

“We never imagined Grace’s little body would be able to fight off sepsis while being so small but they’re tougher than they look.”