Premature Baby Makes ‘Miracle’ Recovery After Mother Refuses to Switch off Ventilator

April 6, 2019 Updated: April 6, 2019

A British mother who had once agreed to switch off the ventilator keeping her premature baby boy alive is now getting ready to bring her “miracle” home for the first time.

Kirsty Byass, 28, had painstakingly prepared her other two children and picked out special clothes for her son Jordie-Jay, before they headed to the hospital to say their final goodbyes to the tiny baby.

Jordie-Jay was born on Nov. 20, at 24 weeks, weighing just 1lbs 7oz, and initially fared well. But later he developed premature lung disease, and when he took a turn for the worse, doctors and consultants “admitted defeat” and advised Byass to turn off the ventilator.

“He just wasn’t getting any better, the doctors kept putting me into a room and telling me there’s nothing else they can do for him,” she told Teeside Live.

But when the moment came,  she didn’t have the heart to go through with it.

Posted by Kirsty Byass on Saturday, February 9, 2019

She said she had made the nurses wait until the whole family was gathered.

“I wasn’t letting them remove his tube till tea time to take a family photo shoot,” she told Teeside Live.

“My kids were heartbroken, the nurses said they had to take time out the room because it was heart-wrenching watching my boys so broken.”

“Then I couldn’t do it,” she said.

This little fighter weighed just 1lb 7oz when he was born and his outlook was beyond bleak.This is a tale of sheer strength from such a tiny soul

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“I rang hospitals over the over side of the country, I asked for a second opinion, we researched things that could help him, I even asked them to use him as a guinea pig if it would save his life.”

Then came what Byass believes was a “miracle.”

After Jordie-Jay was moved to end of life care, he suddenly had a turnaround.

According to Teeside Live, he began to make remarkable progress, with one nurse said she had never seen such a recovery.

Now, Byass has been told that she will soon be bringing Jordie-Jay home for the first time. He now weights 8lbs 2oz.

Byass, cleaner who lives in Teeside in the north of England wrote on Facebook, “I told the doctors: ‘You are not God.'”

“I was right—I put my faith in God’s hands…. I prayed and prayed.”

Byass said that although the doctors aren’t always right, she still knows her son owes his life to their care.

“I want to say thank you to the hospital staff. It’s because of them that he’s here today.”

In February a Japanese boy became the smallest surviving baby boy in the world, heading home from the hospital where he had been born weighing just 9.45 ounces.

A baby boy weighing 268 grams when born in August 2018, five days after his birth in Tokyo, Japan, in this undated handout photo released on Feb. 27, 2019. (Keio University School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics/Handout via Reuters)

The baby, who hasn’t been named in reports, was delivered through Caesarean-section last August after he failed to gain weight during pregnancy and doctors feared his life was in danger after his 24-week scan.

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A baby boy weighing 268 grams when born in August 2018 in a handout image obtained on Feb. 27, 2019. (Keio University School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics/Handout via Reuters)

According to Keio University hospital, he was in intensive care until he reached 7 pounds, and he was then sent home on Feb. 20.

“I am grateful that he has grown this big because, honestly, I wasn’t sure he could survive,” the boy’s mother told Reuters.

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