The baby daughter of cancer fighter Emma Grandison is finally home after more than 150 days in hospital.
Little Erin Rose was born 15 weeks early and, after a stay of almost 22 weeks at the neo-natal unit at the Royal Preston Hospital, the bundle of joy is settling into life at home with mum Emma and dad Ian.
In a heartbreaking twist, Emma found out when she was 16 weeks pregnant that she has terminal cancer.
But the courageous new mum from Longton, near Preston, has vowed to battle the disease and be the one who defies the odds.
And like mother like daughter Erin is also proving to be a fighter.
She weighed just 1lb 10oz when she was born and now weighs 9lb 6oz.
Emma, 31, describes Erin as a “warrior”. She added: “I feel energised, I feel more determined, I feel stronger.
“I was an emotional wreck leaving the neo-natal unit. We had forged friendships with the staff and trusted them implicitly with our daughter. We trusted them with the most precious gift that we have got.”
Dad Ian, 31, added: “I am so proud of both of them, they are both amazing.
“Erin gets her fighting spirit from her mum.
“They are both here and home and doing so well. So many times last year I didn’t think either of them would be here.”
Baby Erin, who was due on February 16 but entered the world on Bonfire Night days before Emma and Ian married, has to remain on oxygen at home for three to 12 months and the neonatal nurses visit every day.
Emma has primary bowel cancer and secondary liver cancer. When she was diagnosed last summer doctors said without chemotherapy her life expectancy was just six months and with treatment it was two years.
It is thought Erin’s premature birth was brought on by the chemotherapy, although that isn’t known for certain.
She is doing really well and Emma describes her as “cheeky, feisty and strong willed.”
Emma, a former Christ the King High School pupil, continued: “I feel much more determined. There’s one thing fighting and there’s fighting for a cause.
“My whole life is sat there, my Ian and my baby.”
The pair say the support from family, friends and hospital staff has been “amazing.”
Emma is currently undergoing chemotherapy and her positive frame of mind continues to shine through.
It is thought her tumours have reduced in size, and she is waiting to for the results of some recent tests to come back.
She said: “If I stay positive it make every positive, I feed off their energy, rather than it being a vicious circle it is a positive circle.
“Sometimes I forget I have cancer, not for whole days but for a few hours.
“They tell me I won’t survive it but I don’t believe in guarantees. I am not dying of cancer, I am living of cancer.
“My plan B is I am putting together videos and clippings for Erin and if the worst does happen I want her to know I fought with all my might.”
Emma and Ian are also putting together a memory box together for Erin when she is older with information all about her mum.
She added: “I want to instil my ethos into her.”