One of Britain’s most premature babies has defied the odds after surviving being born at just 22 weeks weighing 1lb 4oz.
Austin Douglas weighed the same as half a bag of sugar when he arrived 18 weeks early on March 31.
Doctors told his parents Helen, 30 and Rhys, 25, there was very little chance their son would survive after he was born smaller than his mother’s palm.
Austin’s skin was so thin his organs were visible and the holes in his ears had not yet formed.
Yet after weeks of specialist care at Birmingham Children’s Hospital the youngster is recovering well and set to finally go home on his original due date next month.
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Helen was rushed to Leicester General Hospital when she got severe stomach pains and heavy bleeding just over halfway through her pregnancy.
Doctors told her she was fully dilated and there was nothing they could do to stop the birth.
Helen, a catering assistant, said: ‘He’s been fighting since day one.
‘We were asked if we wanted medical assistance for him, given how premature he was.
‘I told doctors that if he came out breathing, I wanted them to do everything they could and they did.
‘He was translucent and we could see his organs through his skin.
She said: ‘His ears hadn’t fully developed and neither had his lungs.
‘The medical staff whisked him away and put him in an incubator while they worked on him beside my bed.
‘It was terrifying but I knew he needed intervention.’