Couple celebrate their amazing Grace

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Kerri pictured with baby Grace a week after she was born.

A STRATFORD-upon-Avon couple are looking forward to returning home after a holiday abroad turned into a near-death drama and premature birth of their daughter. 

Baby Grace Anderson-Stirrup was born ten weeks early on 9th August, weighing 2lbs 6oz after mum Kerri suffered a massive haemorrhage and was rushed in for an emergency Caesarean.

Stratford’s Kerri Anderson-Stirrup and her husband, David, both aged 37, had planned a ten-day holiday in Cyprus and flew to Paphos on 2nd July with Kerri given the all-clear to fly at 24 week’s pregnant.

The couple had been told that Grace, named after David’s nan, was due to be born on 17th October so a last adult only holiday seemed a perfect way to rest, relax and look forward to the future.

It was just three days into the holiday that Kerri suffered a haemorrhage and was put on bed rest at a British-run hospital in Paphos. She was to remain there for six weeks because of the risk of further bleeding.

It was a few weeks later when the bleeding started and Kerri became fell ill.

At the time doctors told her husband David they almost lost the baby and that his wife was very seriously ill. Kerri didn’t get to see her daughter for three days while she battled through her condition.

The whole traumatic sequence of events has meant that David and his family have now been in Cyprus for three months because the baby was too fragile to travel.

“It was like a roller coaster ride, they’ve had to do it all by themselves and they are new parents,” Christine Anderson, Kerri’s mum, said. “I’ve been out to see them twice but I still haven’t seen Grace because I had a throat and chest infection which could have been fatal for Grace when she was in such a vulnerable state. I’m very proud of them but it must also have been very scary. However, the great news is that Grace was discharged from hospital last Friday.”

Full story in this week’s Herald.