A YOUNG mum has hailed surgeons for saving her “miracle” baby daughter’s life.
Tiny Mia Molyneux was given just a 20 per cent chance of survival after being born with an ultra-rare cystic lymphangioma - a large malformation on her head.
But surgeons at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital not only expertly removed the life-threatening malformation, they are now carefully planning the 19-week-old tot’s long road to recovery.
Mia’s grateful mum, Michaela Hankinson Molyneux, said: “My daughter was just three hours old when she was taken into intensive care – and she was operated on when she was only six days old.
“But the way the surgeons handled it was amazing. Mia had to be given 96 pints of blood while she was in theatre just to get through the operation.
“The doctors didn’t tell me at the time, but she only had about a 20 per cent chance of survival. Now, although she’s still at risk and might need another operation, I’m confident she’s in the safest possible hands.”
As well as the malformation on her head, Mia quickly developed a series of small blood clots and one of her lungs collapsed shortly after she was born.
As a result of the surgery, she lost her outer ear and has facial palsy on her left side - meaning she can only smile on one side of her mouth.
But Michaela, 20, from Earlestown, says she’s eternally grateful to Alder Hey surgeon Dr Adam Donne and his team for saving her daughter’s life.
So much so that she’s organising a fund-raising fun day for Alder Hey at St Pat’s Social Club in Common Road, Earlestown, from midday to 4pm on Saturday August 18.
There will be a bouncy castle, games, a raffle, tombola, bric-a-brac and baby clothes sales, food stalls and a childrens fancy dress competition - with prizes for the best-dressed boy and girl.
Michaela added: “I put all my trust in Alder Hey and they didn’t let me down. So now it’s my turn to give something back.
“I’m just enjoying every day I have with Mia – there’s no point in me wasting time worrying. But the surgeons say she’s over the worst of it now though so we’re all keeping our fingers crossed.”