Baby declared 'dead' at birth celebrates first birthday

Shayne Welsh
Shayne Welsh celebrates first birthday Photo: Simon Welsh

A baby born prematurely, and weighing just 1lb 14oz, is celebrating his first birthday today.

Shayne Welsh was born three and a half months early and was pronounced dead by hospital staff the following day.

Shayne Welsh
Shayne Welsh Credit: Simon Welsh

It was only when nurses at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton were preparing for the chaplain to visit that they noticed a faint heartbeat.

Shayne Welsh
Shayne Welsh Credit: Simon Welsh

Today he celebrates his first birthday with family and friends. Parents Simon and Kerry from Walsall, who had been trying for a baby for 18 years, say it is a very special day.