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Huge calorie intake for premature baby

A child born prematurely is being fed more than the NHS daily recommended calorific intake for grown men in a bid to help her reach a healthy weight, it has been revealed.

Doctors were forced to deliver Agatha Holloway by Caesarean section almost three months early on New Year's Eve 2007 after she suffered heart failure.

More than 16 months after her birth she is still 6lb under weight and must get through about 3,000 calories a day by eating foods rich in cream and olive oil.

Her mother, Samantha, 35, from Cobham, Surrey, told Sky News: "Agatha was born very prematurely and was oxygen dependant 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 didn't make her grow like any other child."

Agatha, who was not breathing when she was delivered at St George's Hospital, survived despite suffering heart failure, a brain haemorrhage and chronic lung disease. She also had an open heart duct, life-threateningly high blood pressure and an immature gut.

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