A tiny baby boy who was born more than four months early is one of the smallest that doctors have ever seen.
Brave Jordan James McCormack amazed his parents and doctors when he arrived 17 weeks early, weighing less than a bag of sugar.
Accrington mum and dad Lorraine Flanagan and Adrian McCormack were told the tiny tot had just a 25 per cent chance of surviving. But seven weeks later, Jordan has beaten the odds and has astounded doctors at Burnley General Hospital, who said he was one of the smallest and youngest babies they have ever seen. Adrian, 33, said the couple were expecting Jordan on January 12 and were thrown into a panic when he arrived out of the blue aged just 23 weeks and four days, weighing just one pound and six ounces.
When Lorraine, 36, went into labour on September 19, doctors told the couple it was the ‘worst possible scenario’. Adrian said: “Lorraine wasn’t feeling too well during the night so the midwife asked us to come in. Her waters broke there and then and he was born at 8.34am so we didn’t even have time to panic. We were told his chances were very slim and we should take photos of him. We were told to expect the worst.”
But Jordan, who has lung disease, has since managed to battle several infections, sepsis and seven blood and platelet transfusions.
Although Jordan is still in a critical condition at the neonatal ICU, Adrian and Lorraine have been told they may be able to take him home to Manor Street, in January or February.
Mortgage consultant Adrian said: “He’s overcome everything that’s been put in front of him. And he’s getting stronger every day and is now up to two pounds and one ounce.
“I’m over the moon that we’ve got a son and he’s proving to be so resolute and battling everything that has come his way – he’s amazing.” The family are running a series of fundraising events to raise money for the neonatal unit. Adrian, who manages Church Town FC, has organised a charity football match this Sunday, November 10 at Colne FC, from 1.30pm. Tickets cost £2.50 for adults and £1 for children, available on the door.
Grandmother, former mayor of Hyndburn Colette McCormack said: “It’s been touch and go a few times and we’re still not out of the woods but they’ve been amazing.”