A proud mum has revealed how her ‘miracle baby’ has defied the odds and is now developing at an advanced rate.
Last year, Alesha Ball from Bootle was given the devastating news that doctors had found a cystic hygroma just 13 weeks into her pregnancy.
The medical condition results from a malformation in the lymphatic system creating a collection fluid-filled sacs known as cysts.
Alesha, 29, told the ECHO: “They said she wouldn’t survive it and that I should consider terminating my pregnancy.
“If I didn’t they said it is likely she would be a stillborn or I would have a miscarriage.
“I then went for a scan three weeks later and the doctors said it had gotten worse.
“There were fluids all around her including the back of her neck, around her spine and in her lungs.
“They told me again that she wouldn’t survive.”
Pursuing further tests, Alesha opted for an amniocentesis to check for genetic abnormalities. The process involves removing and testing a small sample of cells from amniotic fluid using a long thin needle inserted through the abdominal wall.
But astonishingly, when Alesha received the results, she was given the ‘all-clear’.
She said: “They gave me the results and the tests came back all clear, the fluids had miraculously gone.”
However, towards the end of Alesha’s pregnancy scans started to show her baby could have a club foot.
Alesha said: “I was told she is going to be born with a dysfunction somewhere in some way.”
But on November 13, Alesha had a ‘straightforward’ birth and welcomed baby Elise-Lily, who doctors called a "miracle baby."
And six months down the line, Elise is thriving.
Not only is she able to hold her own bottle and speak a few words, but over the past couple of weeks, Elise has stood on her own with no support.
According to Parents.com for most babies standing without support won't happen until at least eight months, and more likely closer to 10 or 11 months, but even up to 15 months is considered normal.
So for Elise to conquer this stage of development at just six months is nothing short of miraculous, says Alesha.
She said: “What happened was, I was holding her and she was crying, so I started playing with her and she stood up on my knee, I then moved her arm so I only had her in one arm and she was supporting herself.
“I then put my arms just underneath hers in case she fell but she just stood there by herself with no support.”
Alesha added: “She has overcome all this and has no signs of development or health problems.
“She is just perfect, she sleeps through the night and has three teeth pushing through but she just babbles.
“She is a treasure, a very happy lively baby.”