Baby choked every time he tried to eat due to a rare condition diagnosed as “reflux”.

Mother Tahli Kershaw, 31, from Ainsdale, Merseyside, was told baby Ralph Thompson had reflux and would outgrow his condition before he learned he had an artery wrapped around his windpipe

Ralph Thompson with mom Tahli Kershaw
Ralph Thompson with mom Tahli Kershaw

A baby with a devastating heart condition began gagging and vomiting whenever fed.

Mother Tahli Kershaw was told at 20 weeks pregnant that son Ralph Thompson had a patent ductus arteriosus (PDA).

Doctors pronounced the unborn tot a “failure to thrive” and his parents, from Ainsdale, Merseyside, were warned he would never gain weight.

When he was born, it was found that an artery was wrapped around his windpipe, causing him to choke and turn blue when he ate, the reports Liverpool echo.

Ralph’s older sister, Fallon, also had a hole in her heart, but that naturally closed as she got older.

Tahli, 31, hoped her youngest child would also outgrow the disease, but complications arose when he was born.

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Ralph was born with a heart defect and an extra artery that restricted his breathing


Tahli Kershaw)

And although there were no problems during the birth, he started feeding less than a week later.

Doctors said it could just be reflux and hopefully go away on its own, but four months later it got worse.

Ralph was sent to a cardiologist who found the extra artery wrapped around his windpipe.

And although this was believed to be the reason for his eating difficulties, Tahli was told he would get over it.

However, when the mother tried to feed him, the baby aspirated, meaning the food got into his lungs and caused infection.

When Ralph went for a CT scan, it turned out that his heart had grown rather than shrunk.

But a year later, the tot can now eat and drink after undergoing surgery.

Tahli said: “We were fortunate to see the effects right after the operation because many people have persistent problems from the very beginning, right after the operation.

“Some don’t see the effect for two to three years, but that just shows how compressed his esophagus and trachea were from the vessel, and we noticed a change right away.”

He’s also becoming habituated to solid food without Tahli and his father Ian having to worry about him not being able to swallow his food.

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