A mother said it was a miracle her young son is alive after having to bring him back to life three times after his premature birth.
Chloe Gibbs was unaware of the challenges she and little Hunter would face when she went into early labor in March 2018.
The Hertfordshire mother was rushed to University College London (UCLH) hospitals at 24 weeks pregnant.
And when baby Hunter was born, he weighed a staggering 750 grams, smaller than a bag of sugar, before doctors rushed him to intensive care.
Chloe wasn’t able to pick him up until he was six hours into the NICU, but the problems didn’t stop there.
Hunter stayed at UCLH for a month before later being transferred to Great Ormond Street Hospital and placed in induced paralysis.
Once there, Hunter was taken for an operation where doctors helped him pump fluids through his body since he could not drink from his mouth.
As well as battling infection, the tot also underwent 15 blood transfusions and countless other tests before being transferred to Watford General Hospital.
Chloe’s mother, Michele De Groot, was by her daughter’s side throughout the birth and has stayed there ever since.
Michele told HertsLive: “I was in this small room with 10 neonatal specialists, it was very scary. They planned everything so they knew how long it would take to get him out of each area of the room.
“They counted down from 15 seconds from the minute he was born. They held him, then closed the door and that was it.”
Due to the nature of his birth, the family was told that Hunter might be blind and mentally challenged, but he managed to survive against all odds.
At the time of discharge, he was suffering from a nutritional intolerance, bone disease, retinopathy of prematurity and chronic lung disease.
And even at home, Hunter had to be on portable oxygen for six months, and during that time mum Chloe had to perform CPR on her newborn three times to save his life.
One incident happened when Chloe was driving to the supermarket and had to resuscitate her son in the parking lot.
Hunter is now four years old and has since developed OCD and autism which has been observed by both family and school teachers after a brief school evaluation was completed.
After informing doctors of his behavior, Hunter’s family were told the NHS waiting list for an autism diagnosis was two years.
That time frame doesn’t include the six to eight months it would take for the diagnosis to register and for Hunter to begin receiving additional help.
Michele said: “Me and my daughter are both doing a college course for autistic kids because there is no help! As a parent, all of this can become overwhelming and extremely frustrating.
All the doctors do is show you a website that tells you what autism is, but what they don’t understand is that there is no quick fix. people need help.”
To ensure Hunter received the care he needed, Michele decided the only way to do it quickly was to arrange for Hunter to be privately inspected.
“Once the investigation is complete and we receive the diagnosis, Hunter will be able to get any help he needs, such as speech therapy. We just want him to live as normal a life as possible,” she said.
Michele has decided to go on a sponsored walk through Snowdonia in Wales on 15th June this year to raise £2,000 for the much needed assessment for Hunter and any additional expenses that will likely be incurred throughout his life.
To donate to the family visit the gofundme page here:
https://www.thesun.ie/health/8794582/brought-baby-son-back-to-life-three-times-premature-birth/ My daughter has brought her infant son back to life THREE times after his premature birth