Doctors told the young mom there was no way her baby would survive - abortion was the only way out. But Robyn Samuels (21) steadfastly believed her child would make it. Yet when baby Hope was born 13 weeks early she was the size of a human heart - and about as heavy as a tin of beans.
But Hope has proved she’s a little fighter, despite weighing only 390 grams at birth. She’s the smallest surviving baby born in SA and is happy and healthy today.
She’s four months old now, although still much smaller than a baby her age should be, weighing just more than 2 kg. But doctors say she’s perfectly healthy - rare for a baby born at 27 weeks.
Read more in the 11 February edition of YOU.