The miracle baby Hope Daniels who was born at 24 weeks gestation celebrated her first birthday on Tuesday by returning to Netcare Kuils River Hospital in Cape Town where African Bank hosted a party for her.
Hope is the smallest micro-premature baby ever to survive in South Africa: her weight was only 300g. She was born on March 19, 2018, spent most of her young life in hospital and was discharged right before Christmas.
For ledger clerk Dorianne, 36, and her ink technician husband Lesley, 38, the survival of their “miracle baby” meant everything as they had been trying to conceive a child for 10 years.
On Tuesday morning the proud parents posted on their Facebook page, Miracle of Hope:
“365 days old / 12 months / 1 year old today! My angel was born 109 days earlier than expected. By the grace, love and favour of God she is 1 year old. You have shown me a whole new meaning to life. You have given me Hope by just your [zest] for life. Mommy and Daddy love you tremendously my angel,” they wrote, attaching a photo of themselves with Hope in a pink princess dress.