First day at school for girl who beat the odds

BIG DAY . . . Paige Lafferty has started school.
BIG DAY . . . Paige Lafferty has started school.

A MOTHERWELL youngster who was given just a two per cent chance of survival after being born prematurely has started school.

Paige Lafferty (5) was born weighing just 1lb 2oz at 24 weeks. Sadly, her twin sister, Regan, was stillborn.

The brave youngster underwent heart surgery when she was just weeks old and has made remarkable progress since.

Paige has cerebral palsy and is deaf, but has a cochlear implant and has learnt to speak and can string sentences together.

She has started Glencairn Primary School, which caters for children who are deaf or have hearing impairments.

Mum Kerry Reid, dad David Lafferty, sister Kaydin (4) and all the family are proud of her achievements.

Gran Catherine Fagan said: “Paige is a little miracle and has survived against the odds. We are all proud of her and never thought we would see the day she was able to start school, far less a mainstream school.”