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Milly was born at 24 weeks gestation, 4 months premature, weighing 650g. Her mother, Julia, had had 5 cycles of IVF over 3 years. At 20 weeks of the pregnancy, she had an emergency stitch in the cervix to try to prevent Milly coming early. They were able to delay her arrival by a few weeks. Before she was born, Julia had talked with the doctors about her chances.
Julia and her husband talked with the doctors about Milly's treatment.
After all that they had been through Julia felt that they couldn't stop treatment.
Julia and her husband decided to continue treatment, though they talked with the doctors about making a different decision if Milly developed a serious problem such as bleeding in her brain. Milly overcame 3 episodes of severe infection, major surgery, collapsed lungs, a heart problem. She had over 10 blood transfusions.
Milly survived to make it home and is now 3 years old without major complications from her prematurity.