‘Premature baby was so tiny his foot was the size of his mum’s fingertip’

A premature baby who was so tiny his foot was the size of his mum’s fingertip – and weighed just 710 grams.

Tommy Pratt was born at just 24 weeks and spent 102 days fighting for his life at Leicester Royal Hospital. His mum, Karianne Pratt, 31, started bleeding at 19-weeks and went into labour just five weeks later, on January 7, 2021.

When Karianne was finally able to hold the premature tot after five days, her husband Callum, 32, snapped a picture showing Tommy’s foot was the same size as the end of her index finger. Despite battling chronic lung disease and a brain bleed, brave little Tommy was finally able to go home to Shepshed, Leicestershire, a week before his due date, on April 19, 2021.

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Tommy, now two, has defied the odds and his ‘’development is thriving’’. Karianne, a beauty business owner from Leicestershire, said: “Looking at Tommy now, you’d never know what he’s been through.

The NHS website says that it is possible for babies to survive from 24 weeks of pregnancy, but they are likely to suffer health problems. Tommy was tiny and suffered with two severe illnesses as he was taken into the neonatal unit at the hospital.

“When I started having contractions at 24 weeks, I went into complete shock. I never actually thought he’d come so early, but after just 25 minutes of pushing, he was here. He was so tiny, and it was heart breaking seeing his little body connected to so many tubes and machines.

“It was touch and go for a while and we had lots of scares, but every time he pulled through. We’re so proud of how far he’s come. He was so tiny his foot was the size of my fingertip.”

After being discharged from hospital in April 2021, Tommy has gone from strength to strength and has started Forest School – a type of outdoor nursery – which he loves.

Karianne said: “It was daunting when Tommy first came home, as he was still on oxygen. Tommy inspires us every day."

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“He’s so funny, cheeky and talkative now. Thankfully he’s meeting all his milestones and isn’t showing any signs of delays.”

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