Baby declared 'dead' at birth celebrates first birthday

Shayne Welsh celebrates first birthday Credit: 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.

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 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.