Girl born three months premature an kept alive in sandwich bag starting school

Darcey is excited to play with the other kids at school in December (Picture: Alex Cousins SWNS)

Every parent looks forward to seeing their child get all dressed up for their first day at school. But for Gill Glegg, 50, it feels like a miracle.

Her daughter, Darcey, now four, was born the size of a bag of sugar, and had to be kept alive in a sandwich bag for warmth.

The girl weighed just 1lb 5oz when she was born on 27th September 2016 via an emergency c-section – a whole three months early.

But she’s now getting ready to start her first day at primary school after graduating from nursery.

Darcey had to fight for her life in the neonatal unit at Royal Oldham Hospital, Greater Manchester, until she came home after 64 days in hospital.

Gill, a carer, from Littleborough, Greater Manchester, said: ‘Darcey is amazing.

Darcey was in a sandwich bag because she was so small (Picture: Alex Cousins SWNS)

‘She was so tiny in that little sandwich bag, I didn’t know if she would make it. But now she has defied the odds and she is perfectly healthy. It’s so emotional to see her start school.’

Gill and her partner at the time, Mark Moscrop, 58, who owns a removal van service, were surprised to find out they were expecting in April 2016.

Darcey was born three months premature, and initially things were touch and go (Picture: Alex Cousins SWNS)

‘It was a bit of a shock but a lovely one,’ Gill – who has three other children, Karl, 30, Olivia, 20 and Jack, 18 – said.

Gill’s pregnancy was smooth sailing until a scan at 28 weeks revealed her baby was not receiving enough blood and there was a placental abnormality.

She spent over 60 days in hospital recovering (Picture: Alex Cousins SWNS)

She was immediately rushed to Royal Oldham Hospital for an emergency c-section.

‘It was terrifying,’ Gill said.

Mum Gill calls her daughter ‘a dream’ (Picture: Alex Cousins SWNS)

‘I wasn’t given much hope that she would make it. But she came out crying.’

Darcey was immediately taken to the neonatal intensive care unit to help her survive the crucial months.

Since then she has smashed through expectations and is happy and healthy, and Gill Darcey’s her uniform ready to see her off on her first day in December.

Darcey said: ‘I’m really excited to start school.

‘I can’t wait to go and play with lots of other kids.’

Gill added: ‘She is a dream… I still remember looking at her tiny body in an incubator.

‘She defied the odds.’

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