‘We came home and she’s been fine and she’s been doing everything at three months that she should be doing and she will lead a totally normal life.’ ‘It proves that doctors can be wrong as this outcome just wasn’t an option for her. ‘She’s quite a determined little thing. She’s our little miracle.’
During a 17-week pregnancy scan at Middlesbrough’s James Cook University Hospital her parents were told she had the rare condition encephalocele, which is described as a sac-like protrusion of the brain, and the membranes that cover it, through an opening in the skull. It happens when the neural tube – an embryo’s precursor to the central nervous system which comprises the brain and spinal cord – does not close completely during pregnancy.