Tiny premature baby towers over cherished toy that used to be twice his size

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A little boy born more than three months early now looks huge in comparison to his teddy octopus which was once double his size.

Bailey Appleyard fought for survival after being born at 25 weeks and 6 days.

That's a whopping 14 weeks early and is considered "extremely pre-term".

His mum, Clair Felstead, 25, and her partner Jordan, 25, bought the tiny baby a cute eight-legged octopus toy to comfort him on the ward as they couldn’t stay with him due to coronavirus rules.

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They were only allowed to visit him on alternate days and separately.

Born at just 2lb 6oz, Bailey had chronic lung disease and caught E.Coli while in hospital.

Mum, Clair said: Clair said: "Jordan and I were terrified when we were told that he could die at any moment if not under the most professional care.

"We were told by the doctor that I was asking questions they don’t know the answer to which scared me even more."

Clair was shocked when she went into premature labour on February 23 as her pregnancy had been normal up until then.

She was getting ready for work and then began to feel labour pains.

When she went to hospital she was told that she was 6cm dilated – full dilation is 10cm.

Clair said: "I was given tablets to delay the pregnancy by 48 hours as I wanted to make sure the baby was safe, two days later, I gave birth to baby Bailey.”

Now, the tiny tot is six months old and weighs 16lb.

He was discharged from hospital in May – a week before his due date.

Little Bailey pulled through the terrifying ordeal and is now back at home in Leighton, Cheshire.

And, his once-towering octopus pal is now small enough to be held under his arm.

What a turn around!

Mum Clair, who works in a call centre, said: “The whole experience was so emotional.

“I’m so glad he’s home.

“I saw my baby come out and he was laid on the table for a moment and then swept off into an ambulance to Liverpool.”

She added: “I struggled with so many emotions.

“This was my first baby and I just wanted everything to go perfectly.”

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