Incredible Photos Document Survival of Baby Born 13 Weeks Prematurely

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Nov 25, 2016   |   1:19PM   |   Washington, DC

After years of trying to conceive and suffering the loss of three babies to miscarriages, Roxanne Cooper and her fiance, Mike Naama, were thrilled to learn that their fourth pregnancy was going well.

But things took a turn for the worse 14 weeks before their son Jaxon was due. Roxanne began to bleed heavily and was rushed to the emergency room, The Sun reports. Five days later, on June 23, Roxanne gave birth to Jaxon in an emergency C-section.

The tiny boy from Hall, England weighed just 2 pounds at birth; and for weeks, his parents watched him struggle to survive, according to the report.

Not knowing how much time they would have with Jaxon, his parents began a photo diary to document every milestone of his life, from the moment when he first opened his eyes, to his first surgery, to the first time they had the chance to hold him.

The first few weeks of Jaxon’s life outside the womb were especially difficult for the family. Roxanne and Mike said they did not see Jaxon until 12 hours after he was born, and they could not hold him until a week later.

“I cried with happiness for 30 minutes,” Roxanne said, recalling the moment she first held her tiny son.

Mike added: “It wasn’t easy. Jaxon has chronic lung disease which will impact him for the rest of his life. He couldn’t see properly either and had to have laser eye surgery.”

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Jaxon and his parents fought for his life, and after 123 days in the hospital, his parents took him home, according to the report. The couple said they decided to share their son’s story and photo diary to offer a glimmer of hope to other families of premature babies.

“The moment doctors said we could bring him home was the best ever,” Roxanne said. “We love having him with us.”