BABY Tommy Somerset is a little miracle who couldn’t wait to see the world.
He wasn’t due until March – but surprised his mum Jess Smith when he was born on New Year’s Day – almost three months early.
He was born at Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham, weighing just 2lb 12oz and was so tiny that mum Jess Smith feared he would not pull through.
But after six weeks of him being looked after a team of nurses at QA, Jess and Tommy’s father Gary Somerset, 23, were told they could finally take their son home.
Premature babies often suffer serious health problems.
But apart from a heart murmur, Tommy is in good health.
Remembering the days after his surprise birth, Jess, 19, of Boldre Close, Leigh Park, said: ‘He was really long and that made him look bigger, but he was actually really tiny. You could fit his whole body in your hand.
‘When they first took me to see him “I thought that doesn’t look like my baby” – I hadn’t pictured him like that.
‘It took me three weeks to come around to the idea.
‘I had been discharged the day after I gave birth and it was really emotional and horrible. I was really scared.
‘I was scared he wasn’t going to make it because of how small he was.
‘My brother was born 14 weeks early, so that helped me a little bit because I knew he pulled through.
‘I was going to see Tommy twice a day until he was told he could come home.’
The full-time mum explained how taken aback the couple were by the early birth.
‘My partner and I weren’t planning on having a baby and so we were first of all shocked I was pregnant,’ added Jess.
‘I was at my boyfriend’s house on Boxing Day when my waters broke. Because I wasn’t due until March I was really surprised that happened. I went in to the hospital on the Tuesday and on Sunday Tommy decided to make an appearance.’
Tommy was born in the early hours of January 1 at just 29 weeks old.
He was placed on a ventilator but, proving to be a fighter, was taken off after just four hours. He stayed at QA for six weeks before he was allowed to go home.
‘It was really scary at first because he’s so small,’ added Jess. But finally he was able to come home last week and he now weighs 5lb 12oz.
‘The staff at QA helped me so much and I can’t thank them enough,’ she said.
‘Without their help and support it would have been really hard.’