However, on April 1, 1961, Susan was born at Bangour Hospital, near Broxburn in West Lothian. “The doctors considered the danger so severe that they offered a termination but, as a devout Catholic, that would have been unthinkable for my mother," the Daily Express quoted Susan as writing.
The birth was not easy and Susan was delivered by Caesarian section. The look on the doctor"s face said it all. There were no congratulations as he explained to Bridget and her husband, Patrick, that their daughter had been starved of oxygen “for a wee while". The prognosis was not good.
It was likely, the doctor concluded, that she had suffered slight brain damage. “It"s probably best to accept that Susan will never be anything. Susan will never come to anything, so don"t expect too much of her," doctors said as Susan lay in an incubator. That bald statement would haunt Susan all her life and drive her on when people lacked belief in her.
“I"m sure they had the best intentions," she said of the doctors. “But I don"t think they should have said that, because nobody can foretell the future. What they didn"t know was that I"m a bit of a fighter, and I"ve been trying all my life to prove them wrong," she added.
The autobiography will be published in the UK on October 14 by Transworld.