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Mother's joy as miracle baby turns one

PUBLISHED: 20:27 13 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:50 03 March 2010

ONE year ago the life of Hayley Wright and her unborn baby hung dangerously in the balance.

Today they are both happy and healthy and have just celebrated the first birthday of Ethan the miracle baby who has rallied to beat all the odds.

ONE year ago the life of Hayley Wright and her unborn baby hung dangerously in the balance.

Today they are both happy and healthy and have just celebrated the first birthday of Ethan the miracle baby who has rallied to beat all the odds.

Hayley's pregnancy had been fraught with difficulty after she was struck down with the rare blood disorder TTP which affects only one in 10,000 people.

She also had pre-eclampsyia and doctors had advised her and boyfriend James Bangay that they should terminate the baby.

In fact they had come to the heart rending decision to agree to a termination when it was found that Hayley's blood platelet count, affected by the TTP, had risen to a more normal level so they decided to go ahead with the birth.

As a result Ethan was born at just 27 weeks (three weeks premature), a tiny little bundle weighing just 1lb and 9ozs.

The little fighter survived his ordeal and two weeks ago was weighed in at 17lbs and 4ozs.

Proud mum Hayley, 22, said he now weighs the right weight for a nine-month-old baby which is how old he would be if he had been born at the right time.

She said: "He is amazing – he is absolutely fine now and is full of beans, crawling around everywhere as boys do. I am so proud of him."

Yesterday, friends and family went to their home in Reynold's Road to celebrate the first birthday of the little boy who turned out to be a real survivor.

His 28-year-old father, who works for Littlewoods, said that it was hard to believe such a lot had happened to his son all those months ago.

He said: "It just seems so long ago but it makes you think what a lot he went through.

"The first few months we were making sure we were doing everything right and he was eating all the right foods.

"But then after a while we just treated him like a normal child and he is fine."

Although smaller than his peers, at the moment it does not seem to bother Ethan and he enjoys playing as much as the next little boy.

James said: "We love him so much, he is our little treasure."

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