Premature baby born three months early home in time for Christmas after life-saving surgery

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A BABY who needed life-saving surgery after being born almost three months early was home in time for Christmas.

Archie Burns weighed just 2lbs 12oz when he arrived in mid-August.

Premature baby Archie Burns, who needed life-saving surgery, is home for Christmas

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Premature baby Archie Burns, who needed life-saving surgery, is home for ChristmasCredit: SWNS:South West News Service

Tiny tot Archie in Leeds General Infirmary

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Tiny tot Archie in Leeds General InfirmaryCredit: SWNS:South West News Service

Surgeons had to operate because his oesophagus was not connected to his stomach and he had to spend the next ten weeks in hospital.

Only one parent could stay with him at a time.

But he is now up to 8lb 7oz and has had his first Christmas at home in Pontefract, West Yorks, with mum Emma Bailey and dad Chris Burns.

Emma said: “To have him home for Christmas is great, we’re just so happy. We felt like that day would never come.

“We could stay awake all night with him and still be happy he’s home.”

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The Leeds General Infirmary's charity, Leeds Cares, has been able to raise £24,000 for a new high tech incubator after Archie featured in an online appeal.

Dad Chris said: "You sort of take these things for granted sometimes when you go into hospital that they will just have all the best equipment available to them, but it's not the case.”

He added: "We see the nurses, doctors and surgeons as Archie's first family and we will forever be in their debt.”

Baby Archie featured in an online appeal for a new incubator

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Baby Archie featured in an online appeal for a new incubatorCredit: SWNS:South West News Service

Dad Chris and mum Emma with Archie in Pontefract, West Yorks

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Dad Chris and mum Emma with Archie in Pontefract, West YorksCredit: SWNS:South West News Service

 'To have him home for Christmas is great'

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Emma said: 'To have him home for Christmas is great'Credit: SWNS:South West News Service

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