THE devastated parents of a "miracle baby" have spoken of the tragic loss of their "little hero".
Little Aaron Sawyer died at the age of just four months when his mum woke up to find him lying lifeless beside her in bed.
Aaron was born four weeks early in April suffering severe cerebral palsy, just hours after his mum, Rachel Gaskell, 28, suffered a fit caused by high blood pressure and fell down the stairs.
Rachel, of Slaidburn Drive, Accrington, was rushed into Blackburn Royal Infirmary before being transferred to Queen's Park Hospital, Blackburn, where Aaron was born by emergency caesarean section, weighing just 5lbs 13ozs.
Rachel, who has four other children, Ben, three, Matthew, seven, Nicole, nine, and Lauren, 10, said: "All the way through my pregnancy I knew something was wrong. I was feeling dizzy and constantly over-tired and had no appetite to eat or drink.
"I had had four healthy pregnancies but this time it felt very different, but the scans didn't detect anything wrong."
Little Aaron underwent a number of tests and four weeks after he was born, medical staff told Rachel and her partner, Aaron's dad, Stuart Sawyer, 32, that he had cerebral palsy.
Stuart, a truck driver, said: "Aaron was our miracle as I had been told it was very unlikely that I would be able to have children, but he spent most of his life in and out of hospital. We could see his condition becoming more apparent as he grew. His movement was affected, he couldn't co-ordinate his arms and legs and his muscle tone was very rigid, but he had a good little appetite and was putting weight on well.
"He was on a lot of medication and was drowsy a lot of the time."
On Tuesday 2 August, Aaron was rushed to Queen's Park Hospital as he was suffering breathing difficulties and was turning blue. But he had a settled night, and nurses told his parents that he could go home.
Three days later Aarron was sickly throughout the day and wasn't settling, so Rachel wrapped him in his favourite blanket and he fell asleep on her chest.
She said: "Eventually I got him down in my bed, wrapped in his blanket and sleeping on his side. Ben always sneaks in my bed and on the Saturday morning I woke to hear him calling out Aaron's name.
"I then realised Aaron wasn't breathing, so I shook him to see if he would react and opened his eyelids. I ran downstairs with him and Stuart tried resuscitating him. The ambulancemen also tried resuscitation but Aaron died that morning in Blackburn Royal Infirmary."
Stuart said: "We have bought Aaron a star in the Perseus constellation, whose name means "the hero" because he was our little hero. It gives us a little comfort knowing he will be out there for all eternity and will outlive us all. I know my boy will always be up there."
Rachel added: "He had a very cheeky little face and a fantastic personality. He was also a nosey little thing."
An inquest into Aaron's death has been opened and adjourned.
The funeral took place on Thursday at a cemetery in Manchester.