Little Caitlin Rose-Faber had the worst possible start in life when she had stroke while still inside the womb.
Parents Gary and Olivia were given the heartbreaking news after a routine scan 32 weeks into the pregnancy.
Mr Faber, of Quinnell Street, Rainham, described the moment as life-changing.
He said: “It was devastating. We were given the option of a termination.
“Doctors were unable to tell us how it would affect Caitlin so we had a huge decision to make. But looking back now, we know we made the right one.”
Caitlin was born on October 1, 2007.