LITTLE Billy Fuller had to fight for his life when he was born 10 weeks premature.
Now, one year later, the tot is happy and healthy and his parents Paul Fuller and Zoe Parkin are thankful his is still with them.
The Mirfield couple say the nurses at the Neo-Natal Unit at Dewsbury and District Hospital saved their son’s life. They now want to say thank you for all they did and have donated £1,300 to the unit.
Proud dad Paul, 39, said: “Billy was born ten weeks premature and, as you can imagine, a baby born that early had a lot to deal with.
“He had bad infections and at one point the nurses thought they had done all they could for him, but they carried on and Billy fought hard and pulled through.
“Now 12 months later we’ve got a bouncing baby boy and we wanted to do something to help the unit.”
Billy weighed just 2lbs 6oz when he was born on September 4 last year.
He spent six weeks in the unit and two weeks in the High Dependency Unit for further care before he was allowed home.
Mr Fuller, who works at Syngenta in Huddersfield, said: “We were there with him every day and we saw how much the nurses needed to make their jobs that little easier.
“So in June, I and 17 friends from the Normanton Working Men’s Club did the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge and raised £1,300 for the unit.
“We raised a similar amount for Kirkwood Hospice, which we chose because at the time one of the lads’ dad was in there and everyone knows someone who has been there or helped by them.
“I’m glad we have been able to help both the causes and this was our chance to thank the unit for everything they did for Billy.”
Mr Fuller and Ms Parkin, 27, a manager at the Oasis store at the White Rose Shopping Centre, near Leeds, presented the cheque to staff at the Neo-Natal Unit on Sunday.