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Premature baby weighs only 730g to get home in time for Christmas

Kimberley and James are now home with their new daughter Freya-Rose (Image: Kimberley Melville/SWNS)

When Kimberley Melvin, 25, gave birth to her daughter Freya-Rose 15 weeks premature, people were still exposed and it was not known if she would make it through.

However, not only did Freya-Rose make it through, but she is now discharged from the hospital to spend her first Christmas at home in Greenock, Scotland.

New mum Kimberley and partner James Gallacher, 26, visited their daughter at the Royal Princess Maternity Hospital in Glasgow, after she was born in July this year.

Arriving 15 weeks early, Freya-Rose weighed just 730g at birth – the size of a bag of chips – and had a 30% chance of survival.

Classified as ‘extremely preterm’, babies born before 28 weeks are at increased risk of health complications and need extra care from medical staff as they grow up.

And although Freya-Rose has a chronic lung condition that requires constant monitoring, that care meant she was allowed home for Christmas with her parents, weighing in at a healthy 6lbs 5oz.

Freya weighed just 730g when she was born 15 weeks premature (Image: Kimberley Melville/SWNS)

First-time parents Kimberley and James didn’t think they could conceive at first, as Kimberley has polycystic ovary syndrome. She only found out she was 4 weeks pregnant after being hospitalized for treatment of cysts.

Kimberley said: ‘I went for an ultrasound with the aim of removing a cyst and I found out there was a baby in it – at four weeks pregnant.

Kimberley was initially told she would struggle to conceive due to PCOS (Image: Kimberley Melville/SWNS)

‘We are overjoyed at this news.’

Things took a turn for the worse when Kimberley suddenly started bleeding. Fearing she would miscarry, she was taken to the hospital, gave birth for two hours, and gave birth to a baby girl.

What followed was a series of diagnoses for Freya-Rose, and what Kimberley called ‘four months in the hospital and a lot of failure.’

Despite having only a 30% chance of survival, baby Freya-Rose made it through (Image: Kimberley Melville/SWNS)

The mother added: ‘We went to see her every day, it was not easy, especially leaving the hospital. Horrible.’

Despite going through their parents’ worst nightmare, the couple is now looking forward to settling into a family life.

She currently weighs a healthy 6lbs 5oz and was discharged from the hospital last week (Image: Kimberley Melville/SWNS)

Kimberley, who brought Freya home last week, said: ‘She was like a newborn. It was the best Christmas present when she got home. ‘

Parents – who were both working full-time during the ordeal – are also raising funds for NHS staff who have helped their efforts give back.

First-time parents are overjoyed when their little one is finally home (Image: Kimberley Melville/SWNS)

James, who works in the construction industry, said doctors had saved Freya-Rose’s life without needing to cut her eyelids and said the NHS was in short supply.

Speaking of his gratitude to the doctors who saved his son’s life, James said: ‘The doctors and nurses were outstanding.

‘They save a life and then they move on like nothing. For us, they saved our weaning lives.

‘There’s no recognition and they need to have enough equipment in there. The NHS should be better funded, especially the neonatal units.

‘It’s been so inspiring, we’ve been there for over 125 days, it’s been a long time to be stuck there full time.

‘It’s been a long, long journey.’

To donate, visit the couple’s Just Giving page.

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