The heartbroken mother of a baby girl who was fighting to stay alive says her precious daughter died while she held her in her arms.

Little Aaliyah-Rose Wilkinson, who was born on February 1, in North Manchester Hospital was born with problems with her brain, heart and lungs.

She was one hour old when her family were told she was retaining fluid in her lungs instead of dispersing it, she had a hole in her heart, and was having multiple seizures.

Her oxygen levels would drop dangerously low and her heart would stop without warning.

Mum Victoria Wilkinson, 23, kept a vigil by her bedside at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, where she was transferred, while dad Connor Madley, 24, looked after her two other children Sapphire, four and Jasper, three and his own son Kai, six.

Father Phillip from All Saints and Martyrs Church in Middleton baptised her on Sunday May 16 and after taking her home four days later, her family began preparing themselves for the worst.

Aaliyah-Rose shortly before she died

Despite being tested for a number of conditions, including epilepsy and cerebral palsy, a proper diagnosis was never made and she was eventually discharged when medical staff could no longer do anything to save her.

Her family were so devastated they accepted help from a telepathic vibrational sound healer.

Aaliyah-Rose's nana Tracey Wilkinson, 45, says she was contacted over social media by a telepathic vibrational sound healer in Colorado, who offered to help for free.

Aaliyah-Rose's siblings were told she had gained her 'angel wings'

Although unsure at first, Tracey said Aaliyah-Rose appeared to be benefitting from his sessions, which include the healer, Mujin Choi, making short bursts of breath and whistling sounds down the phone, which is placed close to her ear.

But on Tuesday, May 8, Aaliyah-Rose tragically passed away aged just 18 weeks.

Tracey says: "We knew she was on borrowed time when she came to us.

"But it was so difficult that it was so quick.

"The community nursing staff were seeing the improvements, she was showing them how strong she was and our hopes were raised, she was showing them but she got an infection and was just too tired to fight it.

"She was full of love - when you walked in the room all your worries went away.

"she was so calm and peaceful.

"Don't get me wrong....she was a little diva and she knew how to keep us on her toes.

"But when the world was falling apart she brought us all together with love, understanding and patience."

Mum Victoria said: " He (Mujin Choi) was doing really well with her, she was comfortable with him.

"Then she got an infection and was given antibiotics, but they didn't work.

"She was given new antibiotics on the morning of the day she died but we could tell she wasn't going to make it because of her breathing.

"She was on 24 hours of oxygen, but she was pulling faces and there were big gaps in her breathing.

"We kept trying to stimulate her, rubbing her chest, but in the end we stopped.

"She took her last breath in Connor's arms - he passed her to me and I held her in my arms.

"Her heart stopped in my arms.

"She looked peaceful - and that is what matters."

Victoria said she has been visiting her daughter daily since her death, ahead of her funeral on Friday at Boarshaw Cemetery in Middleton.

And she says she has taken comfort in seeing her looking so peaceful.

Victoria says that at first she wanted hospital staff to take away the do not resuscitate order.

But says when Aaliyah-Rose got an infection she accepted she was at the end of her life.

She says: "It was her time and she needed to let us know.

"She was comfortable when she passed away and that's all that matters.

"We will miss her."

Aaliyah-Rose's family has set up a gofundme page to help with funeral costs: https://gofund.me/1b6896b9