MEET tiny Savana Barclay - Mirfield's miracle babe!
The baby girl from Battyeford underwent an amazing SIX blood transfusions in the womb to combat a life-threatening illness.
But now Savana is three weeks old and is back home with delighted parents Deborah, 32, and Darren, 35, at their home in River View.
Only weeks ago, Savana had been in danger of dying from severe anaemia.
The condition developed because Deborah, a social services worker, has a rhesus negative blood type.
About one in 100 women with rhesus negative blood have problems during pregnancy if their baby has rhesus positive blood.
The immune system produces antibodies to attack the baby's red blood cells.
This caused Savana severe anaemia and put her at risk of heart failure.
Deborah had discovered her unusual blood type after having eldest daughter Kealy, 15.
It also meant that son Lyndan, two, had to have an immediate blood transfusion when he was born.
But despite this, the couple were unaware that Deborah's antibodies had reached such dangerous levels during her pregnancy with Savana.
It was only revealed when a routine scan had to be repeated.
Deborah said: "I went for the first scan at Dewsbury District Hospital. The way Savana was lying meant they couldn't get all her measurements.
"A second scan was arranged. It was at this scan that a problem was discovered. If she hadn't had the second scan, we could have lost her.
"We've been tearing our hair out with worry but thankfully she has pulled through."
Deborah and Darren, a production line technician, were referred to Leeds General Infirmary.
Doctors could not use the usual method of injecting the umbilical cord to stop Deborah's immune system attacking Savana.
Instead, blood transfusions straight into Savana's liver were the only option.
She had her first transfusion at just 21 weeks.
She then had five more transfusions before she was delivered by caesarean section six weeks prematurely, weighing just 5lb 5oz.
Deborah and Darren had been warned that there was a risk Savana's could be too weak to cope with the transfusion.
Darren said: "It was a stressful time. We were told her heart could give up at any time during the procedures. She's proved she's a little fighter."
Though Savana had to spend her first three weeks in hospital Deborah and Darren took her home on March 21.
She needs weekly blood transfusions but is doing well.
Deborah said: "It was such a relief when we were told Savana could come home."
Deborah added that support from her and Darren's parents - who own the Barclays Club in Ravensthorpe - had helped them through the ordeal.
She said: "I don't think we could have managed without our parents and we can't thank the staff at Dewsbury District Hospital and LGI enough."