Pregnancy
Premie kept alive inside a sandwich bag defies the odds and just started kindergarten
She is so big and beautiful now!
Rebecca Reid
10.11.21

When Gill Clegg found out she was expecting at 45-years-old, it was a shock, but also a welcome surprise.

At the start, Gill was experiencing a completely normal pregnancy and knew just what to expect, having already had three children. She was well aware of the usual symptoms and what to look out for, however, around 28 weeks that all changed.

Posted by Gill Clegg on Sunday, October 2, 2016

Gill receives some grave news about her baby.

During a routine ultrasound, doctors find out that Gill has a placental abnormality and her baby isn’t receiving enough blood. News like this is every expectant mom’s worst nightmare. At just 28 weeks, the baby is so vulnerable and Gill and the family were understandably worried.

Posted by Gill Clegg on Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The situation required Gill to deliver her baby 3 months early.

Doctors rushed Gill to Royal Oldham Hospital in Oldham, England. This little fighter was about to show the world that she was small but mighty.

Posted by Gill Clegg on Sunday, October 16, 2016

“It was terrifying…I wasn’t given much hope that she would make it. But she came out crying.” – Gill Clegg

Gill went in for an emergency C-section in September of 2016 and delivered Darcey weighing just 1 pound, 5 ounces. Doctors rushed the baby to the neonatal intensive care unit and did everything they could to save her.

Posted by Gill Clegg on Friday, November 25, 2016

Little Darcey Clegg defies the odds after being born three months premature.

With the odds stacked against her, baby Darcey’s life was in the balance. At such a small weight, doctors had to place the tiny infant in a sandwich bag to keep her warm.

Posted by Gill Clegg on Saturday, May 6, 2017

“She was so tiny in that little sandwich bag, I didn’t know if she would make it,” – Gill Clegg

The first days and weeks were critical for the baby. She received daily blood transfusions and with constant care from a talented team of doctors, Darcey started to turn a corner. Her little body was responding to the treatment and getting stronger by the day.

Posted by Gill Clegg on Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Darcey stayed in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for sixty-four days, returning home just in time for New Year’s Eve.

“She was the best present,” – Gill Clegg

Darcey is doing fantastic today and is looking forward to time at school with friends.

Posted by Gill Clegg on Thursday, July 29, 2021

“But now she has defied the odds and she is perfectly healthy…It’s so emotional to see her start school. We’ve got her uniform and everything ready to go.” – Gill Clegg

Posted by Gill Clegg on Thursday, July 29, 2021

Darcey takes on the world.

Like any parent sending their child to school for the first time, Gill would be experiencing a range of emotions. However, it seems that little Darcey is more than thrilled. This should make Gill and her entire family feel so happy and proud of their tiny warrior.

Posted by Gill Clegg on Saturday, September 25, 2021

“I can’t wait to go and play with lots of other kids,” – Darcey Clegg

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By Rebecca Reid
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Rebecca Reid is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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