A PROUD mum whose daughter beat the odds to live has spoken of her mixed emotions when the youngster started school last week.
Becky Meechan’s daughter Sofia was born 16 weeks premature and had to fight for her life for nearly five months and undergo major surgery for a range of life-threatening conditions.
Among them were bleeding on the brain, oxygen starvation and septicaemia. All her organs shut down and she was put on life support. There was also a risk she would develop cerebral palsy.
The tiny tot underwent major heart surgery, eye surgery and had multiple blood transfusions.
“She has gone through hell,” said the 39-year-old mum.
“We were told many times we should prepare for her death and she came back fighting every time.
“Doctors tried many times to persuade us to let Sofia go. You can’t do that, no mummy can. I had a threatened miscarriage just after I found out I was pregnant and even at that stage she was my baby. I never gave up fighting and Sofia never gave up either.”
As a result of the trauma Miss Meechan had a breakdown, had to give up her job as a forensic expert specialising in DNA and was declared bankrupt.
“I couldn’t cope with life after Sofia’s birth the way I used to. I couldn’t go back into the courtroom and I couldn’t have put the job before Sofia.
“I had a breakdown and had to declare myself bankrupt because I knew I couldn’t go back to the career I had so I lost absolutely everything. I’m getting back up very slowly.”
Now four years old Miss Meechan said Sofia, who she calls Bub because she had to be wrapped in bubble wrap to survive, is her “special miracle.”
Last week she joined other mums at the school gate to wave Sofia off for her first day at school in Hednesford.
“It’s incredibly hard emotionally for me, having to trust someone to look after her and care for her while I’m not there. It’s very hard letting go of the apron strings but she’s taken to it like a duck to water and she’s got loads of friends.
“I want to scream and shout to the world to look at my daughter. She went through so much more in her first five months than most people will go through in their lives. She’s fought for her life and she runs around like she’s never had a problem. She’s kept me going the last four years. It’s been very hard emotionally for me to pick myself up but I’m getting there.”
As part of her recovery Miss Meechan wrote a book about her experiences called My Bubble Wrap Girl – Sofia’s Story, which has earned five star reviews on Amazon. Next Saturday (21) she will have a book signing at B and M, Hednesford, at noon.