The youngest baby ever to undergo surgery at one of London's biggest hospitals turns one today.
Abi Peters was born at just 23 weeks and had surgery when she was six days old, weighing only 609g, before spending 124 nights in hospital.
She defied the odds to overcome a serious gut condition which ruptured her intestine in three places and celebrates her first birthday as a thriving tot, despite weighing less than a bag of sugar.
Surgeons who treated her at St George's Hospital in Tooting, south London, said her chance of survival was 'so small' that operating had been the only option.
Her mum Louise said:
Baby Abi was born on October 26, 2016 with perforated necrotizing enterocolitis, or NEC, a serious condition of the gut which affects pre-term babies.
She was born at St Peter's Hospital, in Chertsey, before she was transferred to the neonatal unit at St George's, one of the country's largest teaching hospitals, for specialist care.
Surgeon Zahid Mukhtar and his team were forced to operate despite tiny Abi only weighing 1.3lb.