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One of UK’s youngest COVID-19 patients, born 3 months early, celebrates first birthday

Theo Stobbs, born in Burnley, Lancashire at the heart of the COVID-19 pandemic last April, turned one this week

Theo was born at 27 weeks and at 2lb 4oz weighed “less than a standard supermarket pineapple”. Images of him wearing a white nappy and a tiny woolly hat as he was lifted out of an incubator at just four weeks old went viral.

Theo’s mother, 34-year-old Kirsty said: “I was in complete shock, I never expected Theo to be born that early….My water just went suddenly”.

Two steroid injections were given to his mother within hours of  her waters breaking, allowing his lungs to mature a crucial amount prior to birth.

Theo struggled during the first nine weeks after birth, and underwent three blood transfusions to raise his oxygen levels. 

Kirsty said “I didn’t tell everyone Theo had been born; until he was on the front page of The Guardian”.

“A symbol of hope”

“When I hear that the picture of Theo is referred to as a ‘symbol of hope’ it fills my heart with joy…It was such a rubbish time for everyone, including us, but it got us through knowing that people were looking at us and finding some hope”.

Unfortunately, Kirsty tested positive for COVID-19 in October, and believes she passed it onto Theo via breastfeeding.

“I just went into complete meltdown, I couldn’t stop crying”.

“I just kept thinking about his lung condition and the fact that Covid attacks the lungs”.

“I just wanted someone to see him straight away and tell me he would be ok”.

Thankfully both Theo and his mother recovered from the virus.

Right To Life UK spokesperson Catherine Robinson said: “The heartwarming story of Theo’s survival after a difficult premature birth and a battle with COVID-19, reminds us that inside or outside the womb, life is precious and worth fighting for. Thankfully, even though Theo was born prematurely, he is surviving and thriving. However, other babies in the womb at the same gestation can have their lives ended by abortion up to the point of birth if diagnosed with a disability”.

“The survival rate for babies born prematurely is improving all the time, and the discrimination at the heart of our abortion law is impossible to ignore”.

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Thanks to the support from people like you, in July, a major attempt to hijack the UK Government’s Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - to introduce abortion on demand, for any reason, up to birth - failed, in a major pro-life victory.

Unfortunately, this is not the end for our opposition.

We are currently facing major threats on four separate fronts:

  1. The abortion lobby is expected to make another attempt to change abortion law to allow abortion on demand, for any reason, up to birth. A similar law was introduced to New Zealand last year and recently released data shows that the country saw a 43% increase in late-term abortions in 2020.
  2. The assisted suicide lobby has brought forward a bill to legalise assisted suicide, which will be receiving a Second Reading in the House of Lords on 22 October.
  3. The Northern Ireland Secretary has given himself new powers to force expanded abortion services on Northern Ireland and abortion campaigners are also running a large campaign to try and introduce ‘DIY’ home abortions to Northern Ireland.
  4. The abortion lobby is further exploiting the COVID-19 crisis to attempt to make dangerous ‘DIY’ home abortions available permanently.

If these major threats from our opposition are successful, it would be a disaster. Thousands of lives would be lost. 

Fighting both the abortion and assisted suicide lobbies over this period has already made a huge dent in Right To Life UK's limited resources.

We are, therefore, asking people like you to please give as generously as you can. Every donation, no matter how small, will make a significant difference.

By stopping these threats, YOU can save lives over this coming period.

Will you make a special gift right now to help protect vulnerable lives from these threats?

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