Inspirational Archie chosen for ‘baby heroes’ calendar

Archie Jack Culverhouse EMN-141114-105336001
Archie Jack Culverhouse EMN-141114-105336001

A local youngster is set to feature on a ‘Baby Heroes’ calendar next year after overcoming the challenges of being born more than eight weeks prematurely.

Archie Jack Culverhouse, now a healthy one-year-old, was born last year weighing just 3lbs 7oz after his mother Liz was rushed to Scunthorpe General Hospital.

His father, Martin, said: “At the front of my mind I was just hoping both baby and mum would be fine.

“It was all I could think of at that stage and once I knew they were both okay, it turned to excitement because I was going to meet my son for the first time.

“The initial excitement subsided once I saw Archie in the incubator with tubes coming out of him. It’s at this stage that you think, ‘this is not good, he’s in danger’.

“He has six brothers so we know what to expect when having babies but we knew that something wasn’t right and that Archie was poorly.”

After spending six weeks in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and a further few weeks closer to home at Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby, Archie has gone on to live a healthy, happy first year of life.

Martin said: “There are some younger babies who are slightly more advanced in terms of pulling themselves up and walking, but his progress is great.

“He is a beautiful little boy and such a happy lad.”

Babyfirst.com works to help support families of premature babies, and Archie will now be one of 12 inspirational youngsters features in their calendar next year.

• World Prematurity Day, which took place this week on November 17, helps to raise much-needed awareness.