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Colorado cops for 'cuddle crews' to help care for premature baby

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AURORA, Colo. -

Police officers in Colorado are coming together to help care for two fellow officers' miracle baby.

Axel Winch was born at 29 weeks and his family says he faces all sorts of issues as a result of the premature birth. More than three months after he was born, doctors are still trying to learn the medical issues Axel will face throughout his lifetime.

Axel's father, Adam Winch, told KUSA-TV in Denver that his son has undergone numerous surgeries and procedure and has died in his parents' arms "multiple times."

"His nurses have saved his life. We have watched miracle after miracle," Adam said.

Eventually Adam, a former police officer turned business owner and Axel's mom Melissa, a police officer in Grand Junction, Colorado, had to go back to work. The couple struggled to figure out how to spend time away from Axel. Then an Aurora Police officer had an idea.

"(I) came up with the idea that we would set up, basically, a watch, that we would have officers sign up for times to come in here and spend time with Axel," said Aurora Police Sgt. Mike Pitrusu.

Nearly 20 officers from the Aurora Police Department signed up for what has become known as "cuddle watch."

The officers formed a bond with the parents and with baby Axel.

Melissa Winch says their son has been spoiled and just wants to be held all the time, but they say that's a good problem to have.

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