SHE’S the little girl who loves defying the odds – and she does it with a constant smile on her face.
South Shields tot Hannah Jones has fought for life ever since she was born two and a half years ago and now she’s even on her feet.
Nothing gets this remarkable youngster down and she has become the first nomination in this year’s Best of South Tyneside Awards, which were launched today.
The contender in the Child of Courage category is already a winner in her mum Katy’s eyes.
A proud Mrs Jones told the Gazette: “I see her every day.
“I see her smiling and I see her when she doesn’t let anything bother her.”
It’s a remarkable attitude for a little girl who spends 24 hours a day with tubes coming out of her little body, for food and to drain her body.
It’s been a tough time for Hannah ever since she was born just 25 weeks into her mother’s pregnancy – weighing just 1lb 9oz.
At just 20 minutes old, she was placed on a ventilator at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infrimary because she could not breathe on her own.
Further problems ensued when she suffered a bleed on the brain, which caused cerebral palsy.
She was so poorly, Mrs Jones and her husband Ryan, both 24, couldn’t even give her a cuddle until she was six weeks old.
Since then, her health battles have included a fight with hydrocephalus, and being diagnosed with nectrotising enterocolitis, which meant she had to have her large bowel and part of her small bowel removed.
She’s had eight bouts of surgery and only got to spend nine weeks at home in the whole of 2014.
Further tests showed she has fibrosis of the liver and needs a stomach, bowel and liver transplant.
But Hannah is a fighter.
This year, she has done so well with her health improvements, she’s already spent four weeks at home, where her many achievements have included taking her first steps.
And her stay at home is the longest she has managed in 15 months.
Mrs Jones, of Brockley Whins, South Shields, said: “We finally seem to be getting some good news instead of all bad.”
Now Hannah becomes a contender in our Best of South Tyneside Awards and Mrs Jones, who is also mum to Steven, eight, and Joshua, three, said: “I am gobsmacked.
“This is all down to her and it is recognition for her bravery.”