MIRACLE baby Eleanor Fellcrook is finally home with her family after a 113-day stay in hospital.
The tiny six-month-old, who weighed less than a bag of sugar when she was born , is back in her Rhyl home with mum Marsha, 33, dad Christopher, 40, and her five siblings.
Eleanor, born after just 25 weeks at just 1lb 10oz, was saved by specialist doctors from Glan Clwyd Hospital’s special care baby unit (SCBU), who had to revive her moments after she was delivered.
“It is lovely to have her home,” said Marsha, who has set up the Little Miracles North Wales charity to support families with premature babies.
“It is so nice to just be able to be in a routine and not be in the hospital constantly.
“Eleanor is doing what they expected her to do. They can’t say if there is going to be any long term problems, but she seems healthy.
“You appreciate what you have got when you have been through something like this, you don’t take family for granted, it could have been so different.”
The couple’s 18 month-old son Rhys, born at 27 weeks and Sophie, nine, also born prematurely, were both treated at SCBU.
Marsha, a former Blessed Edward Jones High School pupil, who lives in the Tynewydd Road area of Rhyl, said: “The other children have been affected by it.
“It has put a massive strain on the family.
“Eleanor is a fighter. She has just started smiling, she is still like a new born baby.
“The other children love having their little sister home.”
Now weighing just 8lb, Marsha says Eleanor is often mistaken for a newborn by passers-by.
Little Miracles is now working with the NHS to provide counselling and support for families affected by premature births also providing petrol costs, help finding nursery places and hardship payments for families struggling to cope.
Marsha, who was involved in the campaign to keep specialist intensive babycare at Glan Clwyd, said: “The staff in Glan Clwyd save the babies.
“Glan Clwyd has on of the best survival rates.”
Marsha, who was unable to leave hospital for five weeks after giving birth after undergoing two operations, said had Eleanor been born in Arrowe Park in the Wirral she would not have been able to see her.
“We would not have seen her. I was really ill for two months and would have not have been able to see her. My husband wouldn’t have been able to be up there all the time he would have had to be with the other children.”
An 007-themed charity ball for Little Miracles is being held at The Oriel Hotel, St Asaph, on June 28 from 7pm with a three course meal, entertainment, a raffle and auction.