Burnley baby William dies after 16-week battle for life

BEAUTIFUL BOY: William Anderson with parents James and Barbara (S)
BEAUTIFUL BOY: William Anderson with parents James and Barbara (S)

“A little boy too beautiful to be on this earth” was the touching tribute made by his devastated parents following the death of their 16-week-old baby.

James Anderson and Barbara Allen described their baby boy William as “a proper man” who fought valiantly despite being born eights weeks premature and with a heart condition. The heartbroken couple from Coal Clough Lane will include their son’s name as part of their wedding vows when they marry in August and hope to set up a charity in his memory to help other parents of poorly children.

James (45) said: “Despite being born with a heart condition, William showed he had lots of heart and amazed everybody.

“He weighed just 2lb. when he was born and despite catching lots of infections and having a bowel operation fought on as best he could. I feel honoured to have been his dad because he has given us courage and strength as a family and created a closer bond between us all.”

The couple want to raise money for Ronald McDonald House which provides accommodation for families at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital where William died.

Barbara said: “We want to thank everyone who cared for William at Burnley General and Alder Hey, as well as friends who have been a tower of strength. Our children Paige, Declan, Joshua, Annalise and Tommy have been brilliant too.” A Facebook page, William’s Wishing Well, has been set up.