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Tiny fighter Arlo raising funds to save more lives.

Byline: ALISON STACEY News Reporter alison.stacey@trinitymirror.com @alibaabra

HE is the miracle baby boy who has beaten the odds after being born at just 25 weeks - the size of his Dad's hand.

Arlo Watson weighed a tiny 1lb 10oz when he was born four months early in December, and parents Laura and Sammy feared he would not survive.

The premature baby spent six weeks in intensive care at New Cross Hospital, where he was so ill his mum and dad could only cuddle him twice.

"He was teeny tiny, just the size of a hand," says Laura, aged 28. "He looked very unwell, he didn't look like he was going survive.

"We were really lucky and were able to hold him for the first time when he was five days old.

"Then we held him once again, but he was so unwell that we couldn't hold him again until March."

Dad Sammy, 29, adds: "When he was born he looked like an alien, he didn't look like a baby.

"He was on ventilation so we couldn't really move him."

Now, at eight months old, Arlo is going from strength to strength, and yesterday launched new charity appeal at Birmingham Children's Hospital to fund four critical care ambulances - a vital part of his life-saving care.

He has needed eight transfers in the special ambulances, four of them when he was critically ill.

"They have been just amazing," explains Laura.

"Four times Arlo had a planned transfer, four times he was in a critical condition where he was on a ventilator and really unwell."

The PS2 million Critical Journeys Appeal will raise money to kit out four Critical Care Ambulances with the latest, life-saving medical equipment to help transfer seriously ill children across the West Midlands.

Sammy adds: "They basically do what a normal ambulance can't do. They can provide intensive care en route.

"We can't put into words really how great they are, and what they've done for us."

HOW YOU CAN HELP TO donate to the Critical Journeys Appeal: | Visit www.bch.org.uk/criticaljourneys | Text TIME18, followed by your donation, to 70070 (for example, text TIME18 PS5 or TIME18 PS3)

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