AGAINST THE ODDS Mum planned her baby’s funeral after being told he’d be stillborn when her waters broke at 18 weeks… but gave birth to a healthy son thanks to advice from FACEBOOK

A BRAVE MUM who was told her baby had a one per cent chance of survival and had already started planning the funeral – told how she IGNORED advice to terminate and gave birth to a perfectly healthy baby.

Lucy Jones was urged to end the pregnancy based on statistics that predicted he could not survive after her waters broke at just 18 weeks but took to a Facebook support group to find the encouragement she needed to continue. Continue reading “AGAINST THE ODDS Mum planned her baby’s funeral after being told he’d be stillborn when her waters broke at 18 weeks… but gave birth to a healthy son thanks to advice from FACEBOOK”

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The miracle bundle of joy born TWO WEEKS before the abortion time-limit

One of Britain’s most premature babies has defied the odds after surviving being born at just 22 weeks weighing 1lb 4oz.

Austin Douglas weighed the same as half a bag of sugar when he arrived 18 weeks early on March 31.

Doctors told his parents Helen, 30 and Rhys, 25, there was very little chance their son would survive after he was born smaller than his mother’s palm. Continue reading “The miracle bundle of joy born TWO WEEKS before the abortion time-limit”

She Was Told To Say Goodbye To Her Baby—But After This Widow Held Her Child In Her Arms, A Miracle Happened

After five years of struggling with infertility, Sarah Rodriguez and her husband, Joel were overjoyed when she was finally able to conceive through IVF. But the birth of their son, Milo, was bittersweet. Three days after their little boy came into the world, the couple learned that Joel, who was diagnosed in 2010 with Stage 3 kidney cancer, was no longer in remission. Continue reading “She Was Told To Say Goodbye To Her Baby—But After This Widow Held Her Child In Her Arms, A Miracle Happened”

Miracle baby girl born with microcephaly defies the odds to survive after series of infections destroys HALF her brain

Isabel was born with a number of conditions including cerebral palsy, microcephaly and had developed short bowel syndrome because of the infections.

Shortly after her birth last year, little Isabel Dunning’s parents were told to prepare to say goodbye to her.

Adorable Isabel was critically ill after being born at just 25 weeks with a host of devastating problems. Continue reading “Miracle baby girl born with microcephaly defies the odds to survive after series of infections destroys HALF her brain”

Child defies doctor’s odds by fighting off rare disease

A five-year-old Nottingham girl is heralded a medical miracle as she proves doctors wrong to survive one of the world’s rarest life-threatening conditions.

A young girl who was given only months to live by doctors after contracting a debilitating muscle wasting and respiratory illness has staged a miraculous recovery.

Maddison Sherwood was diagnosed with the extremely rare condition when she was nine months old. It affects just 50 people worldwide and 95 per cent of youngsters born with the illness die before they are 18 months old.

Continue reading “Child defies doctor’s odds by fighting off rare disease”

Horse fall coma woman graduates from Worcester College of Technology

A woman whose parents were told to prepare to switch off her life support machine after she fell off a horse has graduated from college.

Sarah Kemp, 35, from Kidderminster in Worcestershire, was in a coma for two months after the accident in 1999. Continue reading “Horse fall coma woman graduates from Worcester College of Technology”

Our first year with our brain damaged daughter has been one of small triumphs and huge fun

I had an easy pregnancy. Normal scans, a healthy glow. Looking back, I can understand why I thought everything would go to plan. There is no history of health problems in my family, so it didn’t once cross my mind that my child would be anything but normal.

My life now contrasts entirely with what I thought it would be after having a baby. I imagined struggling to settle her down to a routine, or waiting for my body to heal while heaving myself out of bed at 2am for a feed. I dreaded the normal things any new mother would: sleepless nights and her piercing cries. But, I also thought that I could deal with that for a year. What I really dreaded was the boredom. I thought maternity leave would lose its sparkle after a few months. Now, I feel ashamed that I ever felt that way. But, it is true; I thought it would be dull: months at home, surrounded by dirty nappies and annoying toys, with only a baby’s cry to converse with.

After May’s birth, these assumptions haunted me. She wouldn’t eat. She suffered seizures. One week later, she was diagnosed with brain damage.

Our simple dreams for her – school, work, marriage – crashed against the severity of her injury. We feared to hope for anything more than the most basic of newborn reflexes: the ability to suck and swallow. For us, everything else – to sit unsupported, to speak our names – became pipe dreams overnight.

It was as though I had cursed myself with that famous phrase, “May you live in interesting times.” What I had imagined I would dread about my first year with my daughter became the only thing I desired. Oh, for several months of the dullest days of my life spent knee-high in dirty nappies accompanied by screams and squeals! That would have been an absolute joy.

I’m not a neurologist. I’m not even a nurse. I struggled to understand the magnitude of my daughter’s injury and how I was meant to help her. It is a terrible thing to live under the pressure of a diagnosis with no cure or cause; worse when a parent is told their child may not achieve independence in any way, not even to lift her own head or swallow food, but that if she does, it will be down to parental involvement.

Before May was born, I anticipated rolling along through the days, making mistakes and learning from her. A first baby gives birth to a mother as well as a daughter. May had no idea of the terrain ahead. Neither did I.

 

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/features/our-first-year-with-our-brain-damaged-daughter-has-been-one-of-small-triumphs-and-huge-fun-1957245.html