What makes Aaliyah special is that when she was born three months premature, she was Britain's smallest baby. She was 7 inches long and weighed only 12 oz. At birth, she was given a 1% chance of survival.
Aaliyah's parents had been trying for a baby for fifteen years. Five months into the pregnancy, they discovered that their much-wanted baby was not growing properly. Doctors gave her a 10% chance of survival and advised her mother to have a termination.
After Aaliyah's birth, her mother had the following words for expectant mothers who are told their babies may not survive:
"I'm proud I was strong enough not to listen to the so-called experts. I didn't crumble under their advice. This is great proof for all baby doctors . . . think and remember Aaliyah Hart."
And here's what Aaliyah's mother said this week, four and a half years later:
"The doctors offered to abort her right up until I gave birth. But I was blessed with a strong little girl who pulled through. And now she's preparing for her first day at proper school."