By Helen Le Caplain
Meet Manchester United’s tiniest football fan, a premature baby born 14 weeks early who scored his first Red Devils kits thanks to a TEDDY BEAR costume.
Logan Gillmore weighed just 2lbs 2oz and measured 11 inches in length when he was born in January.
The newborn was so small that he was only able to wear special premature baby vests and popper vests that wouldn’t swamp his tiny frame and aggravate operation scars.
However Logan’s uncle Peter Brown, 23, found a novel way of ensuring his love for the team passed down to his four-month-old nephew – by snapping up a £17 Build-A- Bear outfit which fits the 7lb infant perfectly.
Logan’s mum Cara Gillmore and husband Stephen Gillmore were thrilled to see their ‘little fighter’ get to wear a football kit much sooner than they expected – despite Stephen being a loyal Tottenham fan.
Man United fan Cara from Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, said: “I had the biggest smile on my face when I laid eyes on him in that outfit it made my heart melt.
I hadn’t expect him to have a kit for a long time because he’s so small.He looked adorable in it, so cute.
“It was like he was a very small grown up, we’d waited so long to be able to get him proper little clothes and there he was in a football kit.
“I was brought up with three brothers who all support Manchester United, so it’s in the family.”
Full-time mum Cara said inspiration struck her brother Peter when his fiancée Bianca made an off-the-cuff comment in the Colchester branch of Build-A-Bear last Thursday [May 24].
Cara, 30, said: “They went shopping last week and popped into Build-A-Bear to get Logan his first Man United teddy.
“His wife-to-be Bianca turned to him and joked ‘to be fair I reckon this kit will probably fit Logan’.”
The couple decided to take a chance on the kit and the following day rushed over to Cara’s house to try it on Logan.
Cara said: “They told me to leave the room for five minutes and when they shouted to come back in.
“I was gobsmacked, I thought it was really sweet and he looked super cute.
“It was so lovely to see after everything he’s been through to see him wearing the kit.
“The smallest Manchester United kit we could have got in the shops starts at size three to six months, given how small he still is we didn’t think he would be able to wear one until his first birthday.”
The mum of six then took a picture of Logan kitted out in the iconic red and white strip and sent it to her husband.
Cara said: “Stephen was at work when they came round with the outfit so we sent him a picture and waited for his response.
“He’s a Tottenham fan so it didn’t go down too well. He finally replied admitting he looked very cute but he was wearing the wrong colours.”
Little Logan’s outfit milestone is all the more poignant after he spent the first 11 weeks of his life in hospital and underwent two major operations on his bowel.
Cara said: “Stephen and I got married in August last year, after 15 years together.
“A few weeks later we found out we were expecting our honeymoon baby Logan.
“After losing our previous son Louie at 22 weeks we kept things quiet until New Year’s Day when I was 25 weeks.
“It was the easiest pregnancy but just a week later on January 8th I went to bed as usual and at 3am my waters broke.
“I was terrified on the way to hospital, we didn’t know whether the baby would survive or have serious problems.”
The couple rushed to Colchester Hospital and were then transferred to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.
Logan was born via emergency C-section on January 13 weighing just 2lbs 2oz – the same amount as a bag of sugar.
Cara said: “When he was born it was a massive relief to hear him let out a little cry.
“He was quite feisty and kicked the doctor away with his foot as he was lifted up. It was good to know he had some fight in him.”
Cara said Logan, who was very fragile after such a premature arrival, would have a positive few days but then would suffer a setback.
The tiny tot was kept warm using a sandwich bag and an incubator and at just four days old he underwent surgery on a perforated bowel and had a stoma bag fitted.
He had the reversal operation at the age of nine weeks and finally at 82 days old was allowed home.
Cara said: “Our time in hospital was scary, we never knew what each day would bring.
“Logan had two operations, was resuscitated three times, was ventilated numerous times and had multiple blood transfusions.
“The hospital staff were amazing, nothing was too much trouble, the care was second to none.”
Cara kitted Logan out with special premature baby clothes from high street stores, but admitted there wasn’t a massive amount of choice.
Cara said: “There are a few premature baby ranges but there isn’t a massive selection. Everything we tried to get him was just too big.
“Most of the time we put him in very basic popper vests but couldn’t put trousers on him as that would rub his tummy where he had surgery.
“Most parents are able to dress their babies as soon as they take them home but we weren’t able to do that with Logan.
“As he’s got bigger it’s getting easier to find clothes that will fit him but it was amazing to see him in the football kit and finally have that moment.
“All the time Logan was in hospital I was only able to spend time with my other children on a Sunday when they made the four-hour round trip to see us.
“He now has chronic lung disease and is still on oxygen round the clock but as his lungs get stronger he will hopefully be strong enough to breathe without support.
“It’s amazing to have Logan home where he belongs with his brothers and sisters who adore him.”