A teenage mother has given birth to what is thought to be the UK’s smallest premature baby, after having an emergency cesarean section at 25 weeks pregnant on December 30, 2021.

Ellie Paton, 17, from Newmilns in Ayrshire, Scotland, was warned that baby Hannah Stibbles might not survive due to her tiny size, just 11 oz (325 grams), but the baby, whose stipulated due date was April 13, was born breathing on her own much earlier.

“We are so proud of her. She came out fighting for her life and proved everyone wrong. She is a wee smasher,” Ellie told the Daily Record.

Paton’s pregnancy came with complications that meant the placenta was not feeding the baby as it should. And a scan at 22 weeks showed that the little girl was only the size of a 16-week-old baby.

On December 30, Ellie arrived at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) in the Scottish city of Glasgow, where she underwent a cesarean section and where doctors told the young parents, it was very likely their daughter would not survive. 

“There were five doctors in the room and all of them were telling us she would very likely die. They said she only had a 20 percent chance of survival because she was so small,” said Brandon Stibbles, 21, the baby’s father.

Baby Hannah Stibbles born prematurely in UK holds her mother’s hand. Jan. 13, 2022. (Ellie Paton / Facebook)

The doctors also explained that once she was out of the womb, they would probably have to resuscitate her, but according to Ellie, it wasn’t necessary because she came out breathing on her own, which gave them hope.


Since then, little Hannah has been growing more and more and has not shown any abnormalities so far. In addition to the vitamins she is being fed via a tube, she has been taking some breast milk, giving her the defenses she needs and allowing her to gain weight.


Hannah could stay at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for about two months before being transferred back to Crosshouse Hospital, which would be around the time she reaches a weight of 500 grams. After that, they will be closer to going home to Newmilns.


“We are just taking one day at a time. So the first aim is to get Hannah to Crosshouse then our next aim is to get her home,” the young mother said. “She seems determined to get there with us.”
Ellie and the ‘miracle child’s father said Hannah is the best thing that’s ever happened to them, and they can’t wait to get her home. In the meantime, they are documenting her miraculous progress through photographs on Facebook.


The birth of baby Hannah at just 25 weeks further highlights the criminal nature of abortions. Under current UK abortion laws, an unborn baby can be killed up to 24 weeks if it poses a risk to “the physical/mental health of the mother or any of her existing children.”

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