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Defying the odds to reach 1st birthday

Demi Bloomfield is celebrating her first birthday Credit: ITV News Anglia

A premature baby from Essex has defied the odds to celebrate her first birthday today.

Demi Bloomfield from Chelmsford was given a slim chance of survival, after being born three and a half months early. She weighed just 1 pound 6 ounces, that's an equivalent of half a bag of sugar.

Demi was born three and a half months premature Credit: ITV News Anglia

Her parents Anna Williams and Carl Bloomfield say it was like a dream when they were able to bring Demi home after nearly 4 months in hospital.

She still needs ongoing checks and has only been breathing without an oxygen mask for the past 3 weeks.