Doctors told Jade Clarke that her unborn baby son had no chance of survival and that she should consider having an abortion. Now the little baby boy has made a recovery from the hospital and finally gone home.
In 2011, doctors told Clarke her baby wouldn’t survive if she continued the pregnancy, but she rejected the advice. After she gave birth to little Riley, doctors soon realized their medical assessment had been incorrect.
Still, the road to going home hasn’t been easy and he spent most of his first 17 months of life hospitalized. He went home a few weeks after his birth but had to return to the hospital to receive medical care in December 2011 and has not bee able to return home until Wednesday.
Riley was born with his heart on the wrong side of his body and he had disconnected valves and twisted bowels, according to a report in the Daily Mail newspaper.
“Doctors told me time and time again that Riley would have no chance, and I should consider an abortion,” Clarke told the paper. “But he’s an angel sent from above. He’s my first child and I just felt I wanted to keep him.”
“He’s such a happy chappy. He loves Tigger from Winnie the Pooh and is always bouncing about,” she said. “He needs watching constantly as sometimes he tries to pull out his tubes. It’s challenging but I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
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Jade and Rikki, 25, were told repeatedly by doctors that Riley ‘had no chance’.
But the problems they forecast did not materialise, although Riley was kept in hospital for several weeks after his birth in September 2011 and had to be returned there in December 2011, where he has stayed until being allowed home on Wednesday.
Jade was even given a bereavement midwife after the birth, but little Riley was a fighter.
He still has a number of health problems and his airways are kept clear with a tracheostomy attached to a ventilator, which he had to use all the time.
One of his kidneys has also not properly formed and is inside his abdomen. It has to be checked every fortnight because it can stop and start working at any time.