WHEN Mila Giannini was born five years ago no one could tell her mum Chontell for certain if she would even survive the night.
Born at 30 weeks, the little fighter spent her first week on life support in a Canberra hospital and almost three months there before coming home.
Tomorrow will mark an amazing milestone for “miracle Mila”, who starts kindergarten at St Mary’s School.
Mrs Giannini said it is a day she and her husband Mark never thought they’d see.
“I never thought she’d get to mainstream school. It is amazing. I’m just so happy she made it,” she said.
“There won’t be any tears from me. I’m cheering. She is so excited to be going to school and I’m celebrating with her.”
Mrs Giannini wants to share her daughter’s success story in the hope of inspiring other parents.
“It can be hard when you have a preemie baby but I just want other people to know that even though it is tough, things do get better and there is hope,” she said.
“When I went into labour I hadn’t felt her move all day so I went up to the hospital and they found I was 5cm dilated. Thank God they flew me to Canberra,” she said.
“I didn’t see her when she was born. All I remember is the room was full of people and I could hear them counting one, two, three as they were resuscitating her.
“She had a blood transfusion the first night and numerous brain bleeds.
“It was a scary time. The first eight months were a ride-just horrible, she never slept and she never ate.”
For Mrs Giannini, who also suffered from post natal depression, to see her happy, healthy daughter now, is incredible.
“Apart form her size she is normal,” Mrs Giannini said.
“She can write her own name and loves to read. She is our very own wildlife warrior.
“She loves animals and adores watching David Attenborough. Her favourite animal is a possum and she can’t get enough of dinosaurs.”