A girl who was born so prematurely she was the size of a mobile phone and was given a one per cent chance of surviving, has defied the odds and celebrated her GCSE results today.

Aaliyah Hart, 16, was all smiles as she collected her results pack - an achievement her mother did not think she would live to see.

She received three grade threes in Performing Arts, English Literature and English Language, twos in Religious Education and Food Preparation and a one in Science.

The teenager is now due to start a Performing Arts course at Solihull College in September.

Aaliyah was born three months early on May 2003 at Birmingham's City Hospital, weighing just 12oz (340g) and she was just 17cm long.

The newborn was so tiny she wasn't much bigger than a mobile phone.

Doctors discovered her lungs were not developed properly and gave her a one per cent chance of survival.

Aaliyah was so born so small she was comparable to the size of a mobile phone
  

However, the teenager has beaten the odds and stunned doctors who did not think she would make it.

Mum Lorraine, 58, a social worker from Highgate, Birmingham said: "I'm very proud of her, especially as a single mum, we are just normal people.

"I never thought she'd live to take GCSEs, she has come a long way and she doesn't need to go for check-ups anymore.

"She's small for her age but healthy.

"Doctors and teachers always said she would struggle due to learning difficulties. It's an achievement for her just to take the exams.

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"I think she'll do really well in performing arts because she was into theatre at school.

"She's got a shy personality and I think more life and work experience will help her.

"We might go out for a meal later, she's not really fussy.

"I'll give her a gift, maybe a nice chain for when she enrols at college. I'm a very proud mum today."