07/04/2012 10:58 am ET Updated Jul 05, 2012

Doctors Told Alex Jones, UK Mother, To Expect A Stillborn; Instead, Premature Baby Now Happy And Healthy

When she was six months pregnant and already in labor, doctors told expectant UK mother Alex Jones they couldn't find her baby boy's heartbeat and he would be delivered a stillborn. The 21-year-old Jones, already a mother of one, was told to consider funeral preparations for the child she'd already named Cohan.

After nine straining hours in labor, reports The Daily Mail, Jones delivered a tiny baby -- weighing a mere 1 pound, 11 ounces. And to the shock of medical staff, Cohan was breathing and wiggling his toes, leading doctors to call him a "miracle baby."

"It was the most amazing thing -- I was told my baby had died and to prepare myself for a stillborn delivery," Jones told The Daily Mail. "Me and mum were talking about organizing a little plot for him and where he would be buried... Everyone was shocked that he was breathing. No-one was prepared for it."

Staff immediately whisked Cohan to intensive care units where, according to The Mirror, he spent the next five months battling infections and a clot on his brain.

Now, Cohan has just celebrated his first birthday, and is described as full of life. "When I hold him in my arms now I can’t imagine my life without him," Jones told The Mirror. "He is so beautiful and I am so proud to be his mum.”

According to Cafe Mom's The Stir, Jones believes her son's tiny heartbeat was too small to register on the doctor's equipment.