Support has flooded in for tiny Emily Cressey as she fights for her life at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.
Thousands of readers have offered their best wishes, while many others shared their “miracle” stories in the hope of lifting the spirits of her family.
We told yesterday how Emily was born at 24 weeks, weighing 1lb 3oz – making her currently Britain’s smallest and most premature baby.
Her mum, Claire Cressey, 34, shared the family’s anguish of “living hour-by-hour” and praised staff at Simpson maternity unit for being life-savers since her daughter was delivered on February 27.
Her heartfelt story sparked a string of former patients to come forward with their own uplifting tales.
Trainee social worker Clare Squires said doctors feared she would not make it when she was born at just 22 weeks and five days and weighing 1lb 1oz.
Now 25, the psychology graduate from Bonnyrigg lives a “happy and healthy life” and is just months from qualifying.
She spent five months in hospital before she was allowed home but had suffered little long-term damage.
She said: “When mum saw the article, it brought all the memories back for her. It was obviously very difficult for her and my dad. I don’t think my prospects were good, I wasn’t meant to be here really.
“I was in hospital for quite a while. I had issues with my lungs and breathing like Emily. I still have asthma and I have a bit of a husky voice because of the ventilator, but other than that, I have no real problems at all.
“It’s never stopped me from doing anything, if anything it has encouraged me to do more. I’d like to say to Emily’s family that anything is possible and miracles do happen, I’m evidence of that and I’m sure she will be, too.”
Emily was delivered at the ERI three weeks ago after her mum was rushed from her home in Coldstream. Last week she opened her eyes and parents Claire and Alan Coultas, 47, were able to touch their daughter for the first time.
Still 13 weeks from her due date, Emily is taking each day as it comes, her tiny life still hanging in the balance.
Hundreds of people have taken to social media to leave get-well wishes and their own inspiring stories.
Mum Dianne Watt wrote on Facebook: “Unit is the best in the world! My daughter Beth was born there at 28 weeks weighing 1lb 10oz and was a real fighter. Beth is now a happy, healthy and sporty eight-year-old. Lots of love to Emily and her family.”
Keith Douglas said: “Our little one was born 25 weeks and 3 days weighing 1lb 4oz, 13 weeks have passed now and she’s 6lb 2oz and hopefully getting home soon. Keep fighting Emily you will get there. Everyone is hoping and praying for you.”