Jett Morris is now crawling and has cut his first tooth but a year ago doctors told his parents that he was non-viable and they encouraged the couple to consider abortion.
The couple had just been told they were having a health baby but the night after a 20-week pregnancy checkup, Mrs Morris’s waters broke. Doctors told her her baby would not live and that if she continued the pregnancy any further she would put herself at risk for a serious infection.
Mrs. Morris had a priceless response, telling doctors: there was “no way” she would consider aborting him.
“Doctors were very brutal; in no uncertain terms, they told us he was non-viable. We were just shocked. That was how blunt they were, we had to get rid of it.”
“If he was still moving and his heartbeat was strong, who are we to not give him a chance? We would forever think, ‘What if?'” she said.
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Although doctors said he would arrive within 48 hours of her waters breaking, Jett held on.
When Mrs Morris began having contractions three weeks later, she was blue-lighted to a Portsmouth hospital, 80 miles from their Crawley home, which had the equipment and expertise to deal with premature births.
Contractions were then stopped medically. Two weeks later, at exactly 25 weeks gestation, contractions began again and Mrs Morris went into labour.
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She said: “It was a very dramatic delivery. “It resulted in me having a massive blood loss and being rushed into theatre for a blood transfusion.”
After coming out of surgery, Mrs Morris saw Jett for the first time. He had amazed doctors, who gave him a 5 to 10 per cent chance of survival, by taking his first breath and crying.
“He was doing amazingly, even the doctors said that Jett didn’t have any symptoms of premature babies such as respiratory problems.
“He was just tiny. He was the size of my husband’s hand.”