Birthday celebrations for Portsmouth premature baby

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I was really pleased to read about Annabel Hately reaching her first birthday in the Portsmouth News yesterday.

Annabel failed to grow as would normally be expected during the pregnancy and at 28 weeks gestation, her mother Rachael was told that Annabel had stopped growing and that she would need to be delivered. Annabel was born weighing just 618g, and reports describe her as being "the size of a biro". She was delivered at the Queen Alexandra hospital in Portsmouth and cared for by their neonatal team for many weeks before being allowed home.

However, Annabel appears to have thrived and it is lovely to see the pictures of her now looking so healthy. Annabel's parents have expressed their thanks to the neonatal intensive care unit at the hospital in particular.  

In my professional life as a clinical negligence solicitor, I am more used to coming across accounts involving neonatal teams, which sadly do not have such a happy outcome. Thankfully though such events are in the minority and it should not be forgotten that the doctors, nurses and staff working in neonatal units across the NHS work extremely hard to provide the best start possible to babies who for a whole variety of reasons, are either born too early or in a poorly condition. 

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