Just two days after little Harry Kirkman was born, his parents realised that something was not right.
After being assessed by a midwife, he was rushed to the neo-natal intensive care unit (Nicu) at the Royal United Hospital, where he was diagnosed with group B streptococcus meningitis.
For the next three weeks his parents Matthew Kirkman and Charlotte Deegan, who live in Melksham and also have two-year-old Callum, had to anxiously wait to see whether their tiny son would pull through.
Miss Deegan said: “I felt like my world was coming to an end. When the results came back and they told me he had meningitis I just remember calling my mum sobbing and to this day I don’t know where I was when I made that call.
“All I remember is sobbing down the phone and feeling like the world was ending.”
During Harry’s stay in Bath the family noticed that one of the £60,000 transport incubators he was using had been donated by the Forever Friends Appeal with the support of Bath Rugby.
And now he is doing well and is back home with his family they decided they want to show their gratitude for all the fundraising efforts which have helped the Nicu.
Charlotte took Harry along to the Big Ted event at the RUH and introduced him to the three Bath Rugby players to thank them directly for the fundraising the team had done.
His family also wrote a letter to club chief executive Nick Blofeld, in the words of Harry, saying: “I for one, and I’m sure many others, will now have an opportunity to live life to the full, grow up strong and enjoy my family and all the hugs and kisses I get.
“Once again, my family and I are all eternally grateful and can only thank you for being part of a prayer answered. Your efforts did, and do, make a difference to people’s lives.”