A "see-through" baby was born so prematurely his mum could see blood pumping around his tiny body.
Doctors swaddled Arlo in bubble wrap after the tot arrived with translucent skin.
Mum Emma Hope says she could count her son's ribs through his chest after he was born more than four months early.
But the little fighter pulled through and is finally at home with his family, the Daily Star reports.
Emma, 28, said: “I couldn’t believe that someone so tiny could possibly survive. He could literally fit in the palm of my hand but he was a fighter and so I named him Arlo, which means warrior.
“I could see through his skin and see the blood going round his little body and count his ribs.”
Shopworker Emma was hysterical when her waters broke at 21 weeks.
Doctors warned her to “prepare for the worst” as they believed her son was too premature to survive.
She said: “They kept referring to the baby as a foetus because it was so early in my pregnancy. I told them to stop calling him that as he was my baby – he was my son.
“But the medical staff explained that babies aren’t considered viable until 24 weeks, when it’s possible for them to survive.”
Arlo suffered a further blow when the umbilical cord supplying his oxygen moved out of place.
Emma was rushed into theatre for an emergency Caesarean and, minutes later, Arlo was taken away to intensive care, wrapped in a plastic bag.
Emma said: “It was to keep his temperature stable, and whenever it dropped they wrapped him in bubble wrap to stabilise it.
“It looked weird but I would have done anything to keep my little boy alive.”
Things took another turn for the worse when X-rays showed Arlo’s bloated tummy was hiding a severe inflammation.
Emma said: “The surgeon came to see us and said that there was a chance Arlo wouldn’t make it through the night.
“My legs went from under me. I was so scared I couldn’t talk. I was allowed to kiss Arlo before he was taken for surgery. That kiss was the first time I’d been able to touch him. I just hoped it wasn’t the last.”
During surgery to remove 20% of Arlo’s bowel he lost 83% of his blood and needed a transfusion.
Nurses used Manuka honey to help heal his wound.
The tot then needed a further operation to close an opening between the two major blood vessels leading from his heart, and to treat a hernia.
Amazingly he survived. Arlo was 10 days old when Emma, from Glasgow, was finally allowed to cuddle him for the first time.
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