A MIRACLE baby is back in Hartlepool 30 years on – to show off her very own little bundle of joy.
Anne-Charlotte Michelman first hit the Hartlepool Mail headlines in 1982 when she arrived in the world almost three months premature.
She weighed just 2lbs and fought for life for weeks on an incubator at Cameron Hospital, before gradually growing stronger, much to the relief of her mum June.
Now both June, 58, and Anne-Charlotte, 30, are back in Hartlepool to visit relatives – and to proudly show off Anne-Charlotte’s own baby boy Malik Aiden who was born in October in Germany this year weighing 8lbs.
Anne-Charlotte admitted: “He is anything but a sugar bag baby but he is brilliant. He is a really sweet little boy.”
Anne-Charlotte’s own arrival in the world was the stuff of miracles in 1982.
Her mum June was six months pregnant when she came back to her hometown of Hartlepool, along with her German husband Volker Michelman.
The couple lived in Stuttgart, but they were sure there would be enough time for them to visit relatives in Hartlepool before returning to Germany in time for the baby’s birth.
But baby had other ideas and June went into labour just six months into her pregnancy. She said: “I think she was determined to be a Brit and an English rose.”
Anne-Charlotte’s early days were a fight for life. She was so small, she had to be fed milk through a pipette.
“It was all very dramatic,” said June. “I was told that, before I could go back to Germany, Anne-Charlotte had to put on weight. It took five months.
“She was born in the July of 1982 and we only went back to Germany two to three days before Christmas that year.
June already had three-year-old twins Marcelle and Emily Claire when Anne-Charlotte was born.
She had to visit Cameron Hospital three times a day to see and feed her new baby as well as look after the two infants.
But despite her tiny frame, Anne-Charlotte was a fighter and June recalled: “People kept telling me her survival was down to the wonders of modern science but it wasn’t. She did it all by herself. She never needed respirating.
“She was an absolute gift. No-one expected her to live.”
Now June is a hugely proud grandmother and four generations of the family met up at the home of her mum – Malik’s great grandmother Nancy Tweddle, 86, in the town centre area of Hartlepool – to celebrate.