It was the opening line of the song Airplanes, which resonated with Amy Lynch, as she was driving home from the hospital one night, eight years ago.

The song says “Can we pretend that airplanes in the night sky are like shooting stars, I could really use a wish right now,” and, with her baby boy in hospital having been born at just 28 weeks, Lynch could really use a wish.

As the song played, a plane shot across the sky, Lynch looked up and asked her grandmother, who had passed away, to make her baby boy better.

Eight years later Xavier is a happy, healthy kid, and Lynch has channelled the traumatic first weeks of his life into a piece of art, a sculpture called I Wish.

The completion of the sculpture has co-incided with today’s World Prematurity Day, a day celebrated in 50 countries across the world. It was on display at the Wildflower Sculpture Exhibition.

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