After being born more than three months premature Molly Sanson-Stokes will celebrate her first birthday on Saturday.MONIQUE FREER June 5, 2014 3:17am
At just over 5
The Benalla youngster was called a medical miracle by her doctors last year when she was born three months premature.
This Saturday she will celebrate her first birthday after amazing doctors with her strength and development.
Her mother Anita Sanson was 23 weeks and two days pregnant when her waters broke in June last year, and after waiting for just over two weeks, she went into labour after a cord prolapse.
Molly was born weighing 612
However, while Molly had no serious health problems, Ms Sanson said the past year was not without its challenges.
‘‘She gets really cold hands and can get very cold because she’s so tiny. I have to wrap her in so many clothes to keep her warm,’’ Ms Sanson said.
Her size has also been of concern, as Ms Sanson said Molly did not even register on the height and weight chart for her age.
‘‘We’ve been to the physio and had a lot of weigh-ins trying to get weight on her,’’ she said.
‘‘It took a lot to get weight on her. It was a concern, but you can’t get any more food into her.
‘‘She’s on every supplement under the sun.
‘‘They kept trying to change my feeding regime and it became quite stressful.’’
Despite the small health concerns Molly is thriving and, only days shy of her first birthday, she is a happy and cheeky child.
‘‘She’s always happy, smiling, and people say to me that she never cries,’’ Ms Sanson said.
‘‘She loves the animals, she’s just cheeky, she talks a lot and communicates.
‘‘I think she has a real easy-going type of personality, she’s just going to cruise through life.
‘‘She’s very determined, if she wants something she’ll really let you know.’’
Molly will share the birthday spotlight with her brother Thomas, who turned five on Sunday.
‘‘She loves Tom and she just thinks he’s hilarious,’’ Ms Sanson said.
The family is holding a joint birthday party for the siblings this weekend, with a special surprise for Thomas.
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