A mum who feared she would never have children after losing twins has had a 'miracle' baby – thanks to a special operation to fix her weak cervix.
Susan Griffiths, 34, brought Joshua into the world five weeks early, weighing 5lb 8oz.
Susan had eight rounds of IVF in her desperation to have a child with husband Ed, 31, but suffered two miscarriages and the loss of her twins.
She had a cervical cerclage (stitch) when she was expecting twins, but tragically lost them.
But when she became pregnant again, her cervix was stitched at 14 weeks to stop the foetus from falling through.
"I was petrified," said Susan, from Middlewich, Cheshire.
"Rosie and George were too small to survive but they gave us the strength to carry on trying. We owed it to them.
"Thankfully the stitches managed to keep Joshua in. I carried him for the full 35 weeks and he came out fine."
Staff at Leighton Hospital in Crewe thought Joshua might need special care but both mother and baby were able to go home in three days.
"They were fantastic and were there for the most difficult and happiest times in our lives," said Susan.
At 13 weeks Joshua now weighs a healthy 11lb 8oz.
His mum said: "We feel so lucky to have Joshua and are enjoying every second. The simple things are special – the cuddles, pushing his pram, and watching him sleep."