Teenager reunites with NHS nurse who saved her as a premature baby

A teenager has reunited with the NHS nurse who helped save her life when she was born prematurely.

Chloe Hagdrup, now 18, embraced Joyce Small as she returned to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital's neonatal unit for the first time.

Ms Small provided round-the-clock care to Chloe in the critical weeks after she was born - weighing just four pounds - in 2000.

"It's my job to look after them - I love looking after babies but it's all teamwork," she told ITV News after her encounter with Chloe.

The moving encounter came as the hospital marked the 70th anniversary of the NHS by announcing the launch of a £25 million expansion of its critical care units.

Joyce (second from right) with the Hagdrup family. Credit: ITV News

"I think we produce the best outcomes for our tiny babies of anywhere in the country and possibly in the world," Zoe Penn, the hospital's medical director, said as she paid tribute to the work of her team.

The Trust already runs one of the largest neonatal services in the country and is now expanding it to care for more newborns who require life-saving care.

It has been described as one of the "largest and most complex projects undertaken in the hospital’s history".

Reflecting on her family's return to the hospital, Fiona Hagdrup, Chloe's mother, said: "They've made our lives; they had our lives literally and emotionally in their hands and we can never say thank you enough."