In the end, new dad Mitchell Cutting decided his partner Nicole Grundy would wish him to be with their son Louis, who had been born eight weeks early on June 13.
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The chance of both mum and baby surviving was slim after Nicole contracted the potentially deadly infection sepsis from a ruptured adrenal gland.
While medics at the couple’s local Lincoln Hospital fought to save her, Louis was moved to a hospital in Nottingham for specialist care, accompanied by dad Mitchell, 22.
Amazingly, both mum and baby pulled through, and after a month in hospital, they were allowed home.
During their long recovery, parcel courier Mitchell found the Facebook page for Bliss, the charity for premature and sick babies.
And that is why he and Nicole are backing Light Up Christmas, The Sun’s seasonal appeal to raise money for Bliss.
Your donations will help the charity provide care packages for families spending Christmas at a hospital cotside.
Newborn baby appeal: please give what you can
TO DONATE ONLINE: GO TO thesun.co.uk/light-up-christmas CALL: 020 7378 5740 DONATE BY TEXT:Sending BLISS followed by the amount (e.g. BLISS £10) to 70085. You can choose to donate £1, £3, £5, £10, £15 or £20. You will be charged the standard network rate when texting your keyword. OR BUY A BEAR: YOU can make a difference to the life of a baby this Christmas by buying an adorable My First Bliss Bear. The cute white bear called Scuby, named after Special Care Baby Units (SCBU), holds a smaller brown bear called Inky, named after incubators. These gifts cost £8.50 each and the money goes directly to Bliss. You can buy a bear here.
Mitchell said: “I had no idea how common it was to have babies in neonatal and seeing all the Bliss videos and information really helped me step up to be both parents for Louis during that time.”
Nicole, 26, said: “Louis is the best Christmas present we could have.
"I’m so grateful Mitchell found Bliss. He said it made him feel everything was going to be OK.”
How to help
DONATE ONLINE: Go to thesun.co.uk/light-up-christmas. DONATE BY TEXT: Sending BLISS followed by the amount (e.g. BLISS £10) to 70085. You can choose to donate £1, £3, £5, £10, £15 or £20. You will be charged the standard network rate when texting your keyword. DONATE BY PHONE: Call 020 7378 5740. DONATE BY POST: Please make cheques payable to “Bliss – National Charity for the Newborn” to Freepost RTZJ-GZYE-RCUA, The Sun Appeal, Bliss, Fourth Floor, Maya House, 134-138 Borough High Street, London SE1 1LB.
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