A young boy who contracted fatal sepsis, E. coli and even Covid, battled them all in the first eight weeks of his life.
Little Archie Edwards was born more than three months earlier to Sheree Murray and Robert Edwards, both 21.
The tiny dead weighed only 1 pound 11 ounces at birth Mirror reports.
The little boy was taken to the intensive care unit at Burnley General Hospital in Lancashire when he stopped breathing.
Archie was put on a ventilator where his parents were told it was in his best interest not to touch him.
But despite all the challenges the family faces, wonder baby Archie is still fighting.
Mother Sheree from Colne thanks the NHS staff who saved her boy.
“I finally had to hold his hand four days after he was born,” Sheree recalls.
“It felt absolutely magical holding his hand – it was scary but magical at the same time.
“I think the care was absolutely amazing.
“Even when they were told he might not make it, they fought harder for him.
“There were times when I thought he wasn’t going to get through, so he shocked me a few times.”
At just five weeks, Archie contracted a bacterial infection that led to sepsis. He then tested positive for Covid-19.
“I think that was the scariest part,” Sheree said.
“It was scary when he was born, but when they said he had Covid-19, I just wanted a black hole that swallowed me.”
Neither Sheree nor Papa Robert tested positive for the virus, but they still couldn’t see Archie, who had been isolated for ten days.
Even then, the couple have to take turns visiting him due to restrictions.
Little Archie fought the virus and fought his way back to health. That meant Sheree could hold her newborn for the first time in weeks.
“I cried a lot!” Sheree said.
Archie has now gained weight – he’s just over 3 pounds. His family hopes he will leave the intensive care unit soon.
Sheree, a former mental health student, gave some great advice to parents of premature babies.
“No matter what you are told, just have hope,” she said. “You are stronger than you look.
“I’m just looking forward to taking him home.”