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Premature baby dressed in toy clothes to stop her suffocating

A mother had to dress her premature and tiny baby in teddy bear and doll clothes to stop her from suffocating.

Mia MacCormack arrived 12 weeks early and weighed just 2lb and 8oz with a 10 inch long body.

Tiny See Mia MacCormack next to a teddy bear whose clothes she shares. Credit: SWNS

Even small premature babygrows were too big for her leaving mother Emilie MacCormack terrified she would suffocate under layers of clothing.

The 24-year-old social worker discovered an unusual way of dressing her daughter - by using clothes from dolls and teddies.

Mia fitted in the palm of my hand when she was born. I tried dressing her in baby grows with drawstrings but they were still huge, and they were all so plain and boring.

One afternoon I was struggling to dress her and looked up and saw a teddy bear dressed in a purple fairy dress.

It seemed the perfect answer so I took it off the bear and gently put it on Mia. It fitted perfectly and I no longer panicked that she would suffocate herself.

– Emilie MacCormack
Mia dressed as a princess. Credit: SWNS

The clothes were a perfect fit for Mia and Emilie decided to buy a range of outfits from toys such as Build-a-Bear and Baby Annabelle.

The four-month-old, who now weighs 7lb which is the average size of a newborn, has a wardrobe with outfits ranging from a princess to a pilot.

She even has a miniature raincoat for bad weather outings.

Mia modelling her miniature raincoat. Credit: SWNS

Emilie is so pleased with the results that she has decided to continue buying clothes from toys and dolls.

People always think she's a doll, so that gave me an idea. I started buying Baby Annabelle clothes from Toys R Us because they're the same size. Also, once she grows out of the outfits I can put them back on her teddies, so it's cost effective too.

– Emilie MacCormack
Mia dressed as a pilot. Credit: SWNS

Emilie was diagnosed with unicornuate uterus syndrome - meaning her womb is split in two which increases her chances of premature labour and miscarrying - in May 2012.

The condition was diagnosed after the birth of her first son Kai, now two-years-old, who was born at just 27 weeks, weighing 2lb 2oz.

Despite being told it was unlikely she would have any more children, Emilie fell pregnant in late 2013 and gave birth to daughter Mia after 28 weeks.

Mia MacCormack pictured in hospital shortly after being born. Credit: SWNS

She was born weighing 2lb 8oz and spent the first six weeks of her life on the anti-natal ward at Barnet Hospital but now lives with her mother and older brother.

Mia has battled blood poisoning and two bleeds in her brain - meaning she needs regular brain scans for the rest of her life to check for damage.

However, Emilie said despite her daughter's health problems, doctors "believe she's got a normal chance of life".

Emilie with her daughter Mia. Credit: SWNS

She added: "We have to take every day as it comes but I'm confident her and her brother continue to grow into healthy, happy children."