A miracle baby who was born weighing 1 pound 11 oz defeated Covid, sepsis, and E. coli in the first eight weeks of his life.
Archie Edwards was born more than three months earlier and had to be resuscitated by doctors when he stopped breathing.
He was taken to intensive care and put on a ventilator, and parents Sheree Murray and Robert Edwards, both 21, were unable to touch him.
Now his proud mother has praised the NHS doctors who saved her baby ‘miracle’.
Sheree said, “I was finally able to hold her hand four days after she was born.
“It felt absolutely magical to hold her hand, it was terrifying but magical at the same time.”
Archie contracted a bacterial infection that caused sepsis when he was about five weeks old.
And then he tested positive for Covid-19.
“I think that was the scariest part,” her mother said.
“It was scary when he was born, but then when they said he had Covid-19, I just wanted a black hole to swallow me.”
Archie was placed in isolation and although his parents tested negative for the virus, they were not allowed to see him for 10 days.
But she struggled to regain her health, and after battling the virus, Sheree was able to hold her son for the first time in weeks.
She said, “I cried a lot!”
Now she weighs just over 3 pounds and she hopes that she will soon be able to leave the intensive care unit at Burnley General Hospital, Lancs.
Grateful Sheree, from nearby Colne, has thanked the doctors for saving Archie.
“I think the care has been absolutely incredible,” said the former mental health student.
“Even when they were told that he might not make it, they fought harder for him.
“There have been times when I have thought to myself that he is not going to get through, so he has surprised me several times,” Sheree said.
Due to the pandemic, Sheree and construction worker Robert are unable to see Archie at the same time and take turns visiting him.
Her advice to other parents of premature babies is this: “No matter what they tell you, just hope. They are stronger than they appear.
“I am looking forward to taking him home.