Sharing the happy news of his daughter's birth eight weeks early, he said the "tiny", "precious" little girl weighed just over three pounds

Broadcaster Simon Thomas has thanked hospital staff following the birth of his baby daughter, who arrived eight weeks premature after his wife became "rapidly ill".

Simon Thomas is an English television presenter who worked on Blue Peter for six years, and presented live Premier League football on Sky Sports from 2016 to 2018

He said his wife Derrina fell "rapidly ill" and was taken to Stoke Mandeville hospital, Buckinghamshire, where their daughter was born on Tuesday.

The team "held our hands physically and in spirit the whole way through a very fear-filled and stressful day", he said on Instagram.

His family has "a long road ahead but she's in the best hands", "Not everything in life goes quite according to plan." he said

"One moment we think we've got 8 weeks until our little one arrives; the next, we're suddenly welcoming into the world a very tiny, but hugely precious baby girl weighing just over 3 pounds."

He thanked the NHS neonatal team at the hospital who were "were simply incredible" and for being there for them.