At birth, Mollie Perrin was so tiny her hand could fit through her father’s ring – with room to spare.
Born 13 weeks early weighing just 1lb, she faced a colossal battle to survive, doctors warned her parents.
But despite the dire predictions, she fought on – and has just started school.
‘We can’t believe she’s done this well,’ said her mother Stephanie.
‘When she had her first day at school it was such a proud moment. She has come so far.’
The ordeal began at Mrs Perrin’s first scan when doctors said Mollie would be expected to live for just three weeks.
Molly Perrin has just started school after being one of the smallest babies in Britain (left) and when she was in hospital and weighed just 1lb (right)
Festive fun: Mum Stephanie Perrin with daughter Mollie at Christmas
‘We both just broke down,’ said Mrs Perrin, 38, who lives with husband James, 41, in Hull.
Mollie was suffering from intrauterine growth restriction, meaning she was not growing at a normal rate in the womb.
‘Every week she fell behind in size. It was devastating,’ Mrs Perrin said.
Mollie was delivered by emergency caesarian section on April 27, 2015 after Mrs Perrin had been in hospital for two weeks under observation.
Weighing just 1lb 1oz, she was so small her arm could slip through Mr Perrin’s wedding ring.
But ‘Miracle Mollie’ hung on and slowly gained weight. When she was 25 days old, her parents were finally able to hold her.
And by the end of August that year, they were allowed to bring her home. But even by Christmas she still weighed only 8lb.
Little Mollie defied the odds to stay alive after being born 13 weeks premature
Mollie getting ready for her big day at school with parents James and Stephanie Perrin
James and Stephanie Perrin with Mollie at Christmas when she was a baby
Mrs Perrin said: ‘Ever since she was born, she did so well, she was such a little fighter.’
Mollie, now aged three, started preschool earlier this month and she is loving every minute of it.
Her delighted mother said: ‘She’s so strong and independent – it’s hard to believe she had such a traumatic start in life.
‘She’s certainly making up for it now – and seeing her in her school uniform now, it’s lovely to see how far she has come.
‘When she was born everyone called her Miracle Mollie – and she still is.’