Samoa's 'miracle baby' dies aged 10

Miracletina had numerous birth defects - part of her brain was missing, her eyes were sealed closed, she had a bilateral cleft palate, and spina bifida.
Miracletina had numerous birth defects - part of her brain was missing, her eyes were sealed closed, she had a bilateral cleft palate, and spina bifida. Photo credit: Facebook / Kristin Taylor

A girl born with severe facial deformities who was not expected to survive even a few hours after her birth has died at 10 years old.

Miracletina Julie Nanai, also known as Baby Miracle, was born in Samoa on September 1, 2007.

Miracletina had numerous birth defects - part of her brain was missing, her eyes were sealed closed, she had a bilateral cleft palate, and spina bifida.

Her parents, Mikaele and Sefulu Nanai, were initially told by doctors that she could not be fed and had little chance of survival.

However, Mr Nanai refused to give up hope and snuck milk into his daughter's hospital room to feed her in secret.

Ten years later, Mr Nanai told local newspaper Samoa Observer that Miracletina died peacefully on Sunday.

Miracletina's family gathered to pay tribute to their daughter and those who loved her unconditionally, despite the harsh torment she received from much of the public.

Her funeral will take place in Samoa later this week.

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