Baby who survived five cardiac arrests returns home to celebrate his first Christmas

A MIRACLE baby who had five cardiac arrests will be allowed home to celebrate his first Christmas.

Little Tommy Taylor’s parents were told three times to say their final goodbyes.

But on each occasion their son — born premature with a life-threatening condition — fought back.

Now Ethan Taylor and Emily Cunliffe, both 20, are planning a special Christmas and first birthday.

Student midwife Emily said: “Tommy is a little fighter.

“We’ve gone through so much this year but I still feel strong, and it’s because I’ve got Tommy by my side.

"He’s an absolute joy and we are very lucky to have him.”

Tommy weighed just 2lb 13oz when he was born 11 weeks premature on January 1 at the Royal Bolton Hospital, Gtr Manchester.

Doctors discovered tubes linking his mouth, windpipe and stomach had not been properly formed.

The condition affects one in 5,000. He also had a hole in his voicebox.

Aged nine days, he had surgery to fit feeding and breathing tubes, the first two of eight ops in seven months.

Tommy then suffered five cardiac arrests in May and was airlifted to Great Ormond Street Hospital in London for surgery.

Emily added: “Tommy’s condition was touch and go. It was terrifying.

“Each time we thought he would die but each time he pulled through.”

His condition has improved and he now only needs ventilation at night.

Tommy will be home till the new year, then return to hospital until February.

Doctors say he should be able to breathe unaided at age two.

Dr Omi Narayan, from Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, said: “It was clear he is a little fighter and he is an amazing little boy.

"Having him home will be the perfect Christmas gift.”

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