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Born premature after six miscarriages, little Daisy is thriving today

A mother from the U.K. miscarried six times in 14 years. Her seventh baby defied the odds.

Kim Cruickshanks suffers from polycycstic ovary syndrome, a complication that resulted in six miscarriages. According to an article published by the Daily Mail in 2013, Cruickshanks “was always at risk of miscarrying because she has polycystic ovaries and her six previous pregnancies all ended before 12 weeks.”

Despite the mother’s loss of her first six preborn babies, Cruickshanks didn’t give up. Her husband, Anthony Slaughter, celebrated with her as she gave birth to Daisy, a baby girl who was born prematurely at just 23 weeks. For the first 18 days, Daisy’s parents were not permitted to hold her, and she spent three months fighting for her life at Medway Maritime Hospital.


Photo via Kim Cruickshanks Slaughter’s Facebook

The doctors said Daisy may not survive, “as 22-23 weeks is the upper limit of survival for premature children, with a lower percentage of survival compared with children born just weeks later,” Life News reported at the time. On August 1, 2013, Daisy went home, weighing just 4 pounds, 8 ounces.

“It feels like it’s a miracle. I didn’t think it was going to happen,” Cruickshanks said. “We were told it was highly unlikely she would make it. I thought we were going to lose her.”

Daisy’s story is indeed nothing short of a miracle. While her mother’s miscarriages all happened before 12 weeks pregnancy, Daisy passed the three month marker. Even though Daisy was born prematurely several weeks before her due date and right before the abortion limit, her story is one that proves all life is worth fighting for.

This year, on April 20th, Daisy Grace Slaughter celebrated her third birthday. Her mother says they are “forever thankful” for their girl, who is also now a big sister:

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