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Community Rallies Behind One-Pound Baby Hospitalized in Little Rock

A little boy from the Northwest Arkansas town of Goshen is fighting for his life at UAMS in Little Rock after being born 14 weeks early.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - A little boy from the Northwest Arkansas town of Goshen is fighting for his life at UAMS in Little Rock after being born 14 weeks early.

On March 24th, the world welcomed Cannon Caleb Tompkins. He's now a 1 lb. 10 oz. bundle of joy, which is up from when he was born at 1 lb. 6 oz.  

Cannon has been in a fight for his life since his birth. 

"They've called the family to the hospital a couple of times, saying they didn't think he was going to make it through the night," said Courtney Gorden, Cannon's Aunt. "We are crossing our fingers for a miracle."

In the two weeks and two days since his arrival, there have been moments where it seemed like the end, but Cannon fought back. Something Courtney said is nothing short of a miracle. 

"They took him out and let Kelly, his mom, hold him skin to skin right here. She held him for like two hours and he was just really dying and as she held him, his numbers started to go back up. When she is near him, he calms her down," said Courtney. 

A Facebook page has been made in Cannon's honor which gives updates to the Tompkins' friends and family and even strangers. With mounting hospital bills, the Northwest Arkansas community has gone above and beyond, already raising $3500 to help. 

The Tompkins family now, just hopes for the day Cannon can go home, which may not be for months, but until then - they wait and pray.

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