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Sunday 16 June 2019

'He was perfect ...I felt my body let him down'

Little Champ: Antoinette Champ with baby Christopher, who was born at 25 weeks but is now breathing independently
Little Champ: Antoinette Champ with baby Christopher, who was born at 25 weeks but is now breathing independently
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

First-time mother Antoinette Champ (35) had a "perfect pregnancy", but eight weeks ago she had an emergency caesarean at the Rotunda and her baby son was born fighting for life at just 25 weeks.

Baby Christopher Champ weighed just 1.75lbs.

"The first moment I saw Christopher, it was so upsetting because I was looking at a tiny baby in an incubator with wires coming out of him," said Antoinette, a beauty therapist from Kinsealy, Co Dublin, who is married to pilot Norman (35). "He was perfect, but I felt my body had let him down."

Christopher has chronic lung disease and has already had heart surgery. But despite his tough start in life, his health is beginning to improve and he is breathing independently.

Irish Independent

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