Colorado police start 'cuddle club' for colleague's baby

From BBC - December 4, 2017

When Axle Winch was born prematurely, and with a number of medical problems, police officers from Colorado formed a "cuddle club" to help watch over him.

Axle's father Adam told the BBC: "Axle weighed two pounds 12 ounces [1.2kg] when he was born. We were told he might not make it.

"It was totally devastating as a parent to be told your son might not live."

A week after his birth Axle's condition deteriorated and he was airlifted, with his mother Melissa, almost 300 miles (480km) to Aurora, Colorado.

"Axle was resuscitated multiple times. I was holding him at one point and he stopped breathing. My son died in my arms."

Axle's mother Melissa is a uniformed police officer in their home town of Grand Junction, Colorado.

One of her colleagues contacted the local police department in Aurora and explained the family's situation.

The response of the Aurora police force shocked the family.

"We were in a city where we did not know anyone, but the local cops started showing up to check in on us."

Adam told the BBC the local police department raised money and even opened their homes to the family.


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