A BOY’S ‘miracle’ survival after being born four-months premature, weighing just 1lb 6oz, has been documented by his father in a new movie.
Little Jack Entwistle, who is now six years old, beat dramatic odds to survive, weighing less than a bag of sugar.
The movie short that dad Alan, an amatuer filmmaker, has made following his life from birth to schoolboy is now going to be screened at one of the North West’s biggest cinemas.
Called ‘24 Weeks’, the movie has attracted so much interest that it is to be shown at the Odeon, in Manchester’s Printworks, later this month.
Jack, who suffers from learning difficulties, has now started Burnley’s St James’ Lanehead Primary School.
When he was born, his parents Alan and Karen were told he only had a 40per cent chance of survival, as he was the size of a man’s hand.
Alan, 50, of Marsden Road, Burnley, said: “As a father, to hear your child only has a 40per cent chance of survival is a horrific experience.
“I had made a number of short films before and having experienced something as amazing as we did, watching Jack grow and overcome those early problems, I decided it would be a great idea for a film.
“I started filming the trailer when Jack was about one year old.
"We have had loads of interest and I am now looking forward to the premiere and hopefully finding someone willing to fund the film.”
Alan’s wife, Karen, went into premature labour after developing a blood condition called Strep B.
She gave birth to Jack on January, 3, 2005, in St Mary’s Hospital, Manchester.
His early arrival causes him ongoing problems with visual impairment, chronic lung disease, and learning difficulties.
The father-of-three said: “Jack is just like any other six-year-old now.
"He has his own iPad, loves school, and has a real thirst for knowledge.
"It has been truly amazing to see him overcome being born so early.”
The film focuses on the neonatal facility of a city centre hospital and looks at the unique emotions and situations new mothers and fathers find themselves in.
It is to be shown at the Odeon, in Manchester’s Printworks, on October 21.
The two-and-a-half minute trailer will be followed by a champagne reception and a question-and-answer session.
Alan hopes the premiere will help secure funding for a full-length feature film that will be shown in cinemas nationwide.
Depending on funding, Alan hopes to start shooting the film next year.
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