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Right Arrow Celebration at Neonatal Unit as baby reaches 100 days old
10 September 2007 at 10:20

Celebrations were in order recently at the Neonatal Unit at Ormskirk & District General Hospital when one of their residents reached the ripe old age of 100 days. “We were concerned she wouldn’t reach 100 hours when she was born”, said Jodie, mother of baby Jaxx.

Jaxx Harris was born on 17 May 2007 weighing just 1lb 7oz (652 grams) after just 24 weeks and 4 days, or over 15 weeks premature. Although Jodie (25) and her husband Seb Harris live in Cemetery Road, Southport and had planned to have their new baby at Ormskirk. However, because the neo-natal unit at Ormskirk would not normally take babies born at less than 28 weeks because of their highly specialised needs and because the Liverpool Woman’s Hospital could not take her, Jaxx was born in Glan Clwyd Hospital.

“Because she was so tiny”, explained Jodie, “she has already had a heart operation when she was just four weeks old and laser eye surgery. All the staff at all the hospitals we have been in have been absolutely wonderful and we could not have asked for more help. It feels really strange to have watched her grow up in a way most mum’s don’t, and it’s odd to think of her reaching 100 days old five days before she was due to be born.

“When Jaxx was born she was given a teddy that was as big as she was, it was really quite frightening, but she is obviously a very determined young lady and all the family are just looking forward to Jaxx coming home, especially her three sisters.”

Jaxx has three sisters, Chloe aged 6, Deonne aged 4 and 2 year-old Amber. Both Jodie and Seb (who may be known as Seb Turner to some of his friends) are from large families and Seb was himself premature.

Baby Jaxx is pictured with the teddy that was as big as she was when she was born.

Issued by Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714