Oscar's our little miracle
Moments before he entered the world, 14 weeks early and weighing less than one-and-half pounds, doctors gave Oscar Wells little chance of survival.
His mum, Chloe White, had been rushed 55 miles by ambulance to a specialist unit in Derbyshire for an emergency delivery. She had been diagnosed as suffering from the life-threatening condition pre-eclampsia a couple of days before the birth.
"I didn't feel well and contacted my midwife, who immediately referred me to hospital," said Chloe, a former nursery nurse, from Market Harborough. But there was no room locally and she had to be taken to Chesterfield.
"As we were going to the operating theatre, the surgeons said he only had a 30 per cent chance of making it," said Chloe.
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"My partner Adam and I decided to name him Oscar. We wanted to make sure he had a name in case he didn't survive."
Oscar was transferred to a hospital in Sheffield later that day, on December 23, and a week later was transferred to the specialist neonatal intensive care unit at Leicester Royal Infirmary.
He spent four months in the unit, having operations and other procedures to help him see and breathe. He also suffered from pneumonia and had a collapsed lung.
Finally, on April 19, he was allowed home.
Now, Chloe and Adam are planning a first birthday and Christmas celebration, and are holding a fund-raising event to say thank you to staff.
"I cannot thank the nurses and doctors at the infirmary enough," said Chloe.
"How can you repay someone for saving your child's life? The treatment Oscar received was superb."
Oscar, who has to attend regular clinics, has put on weight to 15lb 2oz (6.86 kgs).
Chloe said: "Simply being able to hold Oscar and give him a cuddle is such a joy and privilege."
Adam, 27, said: "We're so grateful to have him home after all he's been through."
The couple are holding a fund-raising jumble sale at the Congregational Church Hall, in Market Harborough, on Saturday, from 11.30 to 4pm.
Carole Bacon, hospital neonatal manager, said: "It's great to hear that Oscar is doing well. On behalf of the neonatal unit, I'd like to say a big thank you to Chloe for her fund-raising efforts.
"All money raised by our supporters makes a huge difference to the babies in our care."
Some of the proceeds from the event will go to Rainbows hospice, in memory of Chloe's cousin, Shervorne Clayson, from Hinckley, who died from a brain tumour in August, aged 23.