A BABY who has battled back to health after being born with no heartbeat is helping other critically ill newborns.
Jasmine Aiken-Burnikell’s fight for survival has inspired family and friends to raise money to help Sunderland Royal Hospital’s Neonatal Unit.
The eight-and-a-half-month-old from High Barnes, Sunderland, still faces daily struggles after being born 14 weeks early but mum Jill Aiken, 38, says it’s a miracle she’s here at all.
She said: “As soon as she was born, they took her straight away.
“She had to be resuscitated in front of me as soon as she was born. They couldn’t find a heartbeat for 14 minutes and I thought was going to lose her.”
Now weighing 12lb 3oz, she is a daily miracle to her mum, dad Simon Burnikell and their friends and family.
So much so, that they have thrown themselves into fund-raising for the ward which saved her life.
“Without the neonatal unit, Jasmine would not be here,” says Jill, who is a support worker for the North East Autism Society.