Early births and the implications

LEAP OF FAITH: Ian Burrows, who was born three months premature.
LEAP OF FAITH: Ian Burrows, who was born three months premature.

A Long Melford man is preparing to jump out of a plane to raise money for the hospital that saved his life more than 25 years ago.

Ian Burrows, from Martyns Rise, was born three months premature and weighing just 2lb 8oz in 1985.

The 28-year-old spent six weeks in Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge receiving around-the clock-care while his family anxiously waited to see if he would pull through.

His mother Ellen and father Trevor had already suffered the heartache of losing a baby after Ian’s twin brother Kevin died within 24 hours of being born.

Nearly three decades on, Ian, who works at Delphi Diesel Systems in Sudbury, is seeking sponsorship for a 10,000ft tandem sky dive.

“I’m very nervous as it will be my first sky dive and I am not the biggest fan of heights,” said Ian.

Despite a difficult start in life, Ian has been left with no lasting affects from being born premature – although he did spend the first two years of his life with a hernia.

“Because I was too small for surgery, my mother had to keep pushing the hernia back in each time it popped out, which was every time I cried, until I was two years old,” he said.

“I also had to go to Addenbrooke’s for studies and brain scans to check my development, but apart from that I had a perfectly normal upbringing.”

Ian, who is engaged to Mikayla Seabrook, said he is aiming to raise £1,500 for Addenbrooke’s with his jump at Beccles Heliport on June 22. The money will go towards funding a new incubator for the hospital.

“I’m really grateful to still be here and I have Addenbrooke’s to thank for that,” added Kevin. I’m very lucky.”