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Premature baby fed 3,000 calories a day to build weight

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A toddler who was born almost three months early is being fed 3,000 calories every day in an attempt to build up her weight.

Agatha Holloway was delivered prematurely by Caesarean section on new year’s eve 2007, after major complications. She suffered heart failure, a brain haemorrhage and chronic lung disease, as well as an open heart duct, life-threateningly high blood pressure and an immature gut. After 90 minutes, a medical team at St George’s Hospital, south London, had managed to resuscitate her and put her on to a life support machine.

She survived against the odds but more than a year on is still 6lb under weight, which means she must plough through high-calorie foods laden with cream and olive oil.

Her mother, Samantha, 35, from Cobham, Surrey, said: ‘Agatha was born very prematurely and was oxygen dependent so she had her oxygen at home until October last year, which basically meant she used a lot of calories just breathing.

‘Not only was she struggling to stay alive, but calories and food did not make her grow like any other child.’

By eating more than the NHS daily recommended intake for men, Agatha is finally approaching a healthy weight.

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