There was little hope that Millie Kelly would live beyond a few weeks.
Life-saving surgery on her tiny body had caused her kidneys to fail and she was too small for the hospital's dialysis equipment.
But Millie was not fighting her battle to stay alive alone. Her hospital consultant, touched by her plight, went home to his garage and built a miniature dialysis machine from scratch
After a fortnight attached to the DIY machine Millie started to show signs of improvement and is now, two years later, a fit and healthy toddler.
Her consultant, paediatrician Malcolm Coulthard, is hoping a refined version of the machine he cobbled together in his garage
will soon be introduced across the NHS to help other children in Millie's predicament.
The device meant Millie's kidneys had a chance to recover and she no longer needs any form of dialysis