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Goodmayes mum wants awareness for premature babies after daughter born at 25 weeks

PUBLISHED: 11:03 16 September 2016 | UPDATED: 11:03 16 September 2016

Parveen Mahal is trying to raise awareness for the difficulties for premature babies. Her own daughter Jia-Jannat was born 15 weeks early.
Parveen Maha, with her daughte Jia-Jannat, age 5

Parveen Mahal is trying to raise awareness for the difficulties for premature babies. Her own daughter Jia-Jannat was born 15 weeks early. Parveen Maha, with her daughte Jia-Jannat, age 5

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A mother, whose daughter was born almost three months early, is fighting a campaign to raise awareness of premature babies’ health issues.

Parveen Mahal, 42, of Green Lane, Goodmayes, gave birth to Jia-Jannat after just 25 weeks, weighing less than a kilogram.

She is now about to start school, aged 5, after being pushed back a year, but Parveen struggled to get the local authority to recognise her daughter should be allowed to start later.

“She has an invisible disability,” Parveen said.

“It was so hard to get Redbridge Council to recognise that.

“I want to make parents understand the issues premature babies have to deal with and raise awareness.”

Parveen has teamed up with charity Bliss to take the campaign to Westminster.

She said: “I’m petitioning the government to make it easier for premature children to start school a year later.”

For more information visit bliss.org.uk.


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