WHEN Sharon Wilkinson is sitting holding her daughter Natalie’s hand in just a few weeks’ time in the delivery room, the moment will mean even more to her than to most grandmothers.
Just under 21 years ago, when Natalie was came into the world, she became the smallest baby – up to that point – born in Blackpool to survive.
She only weighed 1lb 3oz after being born at just 26 weeks.
It was touch and go as to whether tiny Natalie would pull through, but after four months on the Blackpool Victoria Hospital special care baby unit, she was finally allowed home – weighing just 4lbs 3oz.
She suffered no ill-effects from her tough start in life, other than being a bit smaller than average.
Now Natalie is about to turn 21 and give birth to her first child – Sharon’s second grandchild.
Proud mum-of-three Sharon, of Marton, said: “It’s hard to believe nearly 21 years ago I gave birth to my daughter and she was so tiny.
“She was the smallest baby to be born and survive in Blackpool.
“She was born early, at 26 weeks because I had pre-eclampsia and had to be rushed into surgery. I was in intensive care myself.
“The care Natalie received was brilliant and that made all the difference.
“So she is really special to me and I can’t wait for her little one to be born.
“It’s going to be a boy and he is due on August 16. I’m going to be at the birth myself too – it’s going to be lovely.
“What will make it even more special is Natalie was born 21 years ago, when I was also 21, and turned out to be a small wonder.”