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Meet Benjamin, ‘miracle baby’ who survived 5 cardiac arrests, 2 bowel operations

The miracle baby who was born a year ago to Taniya and steve Benjamin Astbury through IVF in North Wales, UK is back in news for surviving despite 10% chance initially.

He was born 12 weeks ahead and was weighing just 1 lb and 30 oz and was the smallest baby ever born at Wrexham Maelor Hospital. He suffered 5 cardiac arrests two emergency bowel operations and was put on a ventilator for 6 days.

Taniya and Astbury who were distraught when they heard their child’s agony but now they are happy that he is abe to fight against all odds. He now weighs about 13 lbs.

His mother believes miracles do happen. “There are times when my husband Steven and I have been absolutely distraught… But miracles do happen and we are absolutely over the moon,” she said.

Diagnosed with necrotizing enterocolitis, a condition where portions of the bowel undergo tissue death causing premature deaths in babies.

He was shifted to Liverpool’s Alder Hey Hospital, where he had to undergo an operation that left him with two stomas or openings to allow waste to leave the body. Once, his lungs too got affected blocking the airwaves when breathing in.

Now at home and turning one year old, Benjamin is not yet over with his condition and may have to endure more operations but his parents are happy that he is fighting on.

One comment

  1. Sujith Vadassery

    Nothing to discredit Benjamin. I’m sure what these kids went through is very traumatic and I’m not sure about this region about survival rates on Prematures babies.

    In our case, we had our son at 24 weeks and 5 days, he was born at 1 lb and 3 ounce and He had

    1, Ventilator and high frequncy ventilator ( osilator) for 70 days
    2, Total hospital stay of 92 days
    3, NEC surgery
    4, countless transfusion
    5, Multiple stoma’s in stomach
    6, Multiple hernia surgeries ( hernia repairs)
    7, a lot of cardiac arrests and apneas
    forgot the rest.

    I have heard a lot of stories very similar to ours.

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