HE won his fight for life as a baby, now schoolboy Kane Stubbs is battling the opposition on the football pitch
Born nine weeks prematurely and weighing just three pounds, the youngster was not expected to live to see his first birthday.
Admitted to intensive care and under round-the-clock care, he was so frail his parents were unable to hold him.
But with the help of medics and the loving care of his family, Kane, from Farringdon, Sunderland, battled back to health and is now flourishing on the football pitch.
The little fighter, who will celebrate his 10th birthday this month, has proven a big hit at Farringdon Detached FC, where he plays for the youth team.
“He’s done really well,” said mum-of-two Anthea. “He had a really good season last year and scored a good few goals. He can’t wait for the new season start.
“He’s already back in training.”
Shortly after his birth, Kane was transferred to the special care baby unit at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.
Kept in an incubator, sealed off from the rest of the hospital, he was seven weeks old before he could be picked up by his parents.
“It’s amazing to see how far he has come,” said Anthea, who works as a stewardess at Farringdon Social Club. “It was really touch-and-go for a while. We didn’t know if he would pull through.
“But now he is doing fantastic. He’s a typical fit and healthy young boy.”
The youngster is also enjoying life at Farringdon Primary School and looking forward to celebrating his big day with his family, including brother Jake, 12.