A child who doctors warned might not survive a traumatic birth has defied the odds to celebrate his first birthday.
Lucas Hill’s family are over the moon that their ‘miracle’ son is a happy and healthy little boy.
Doctors warned that he would not survive or he would be brain damaged after he was deprived of oxygen for so long during complications with his delivery.
Mum Emma Hill, from Accrington, said: “When he was so ill in hospital we didn’t believe he’d live to see his birthday.
“To look at him now you wouldn’t think he was the same child.”
Emma said she had no indication throughout a routine pregnancy that she would have any problems with the birth of her first child.
She said: “It was quite a traumatic experience.
“My pregnancy was fine. I carried him full term and he was a healthy weight at 8lb 10oz but it all went wrong at the last minute when I was delivering, it was so unexpected.
“His heart rate kept dropping, when he was born he wasn’t responsive and he wasn’t breathing on his own.
“The doctors told us it would be very unlikely that there would be a positive outcome as he had been starved of oxygen for so long.”
Emma, 24, who lives on Burnley Road with husband Ben and Lucas, said staff at Burnley General suggested an unusual treatment.
She said: “When Lucas was 24 hours old, they tried cooling him, which is a kind of medically induced hypothermia, to try and prevent any further damage.
“He was cooled for three days and on the fourth he was slowly warmed up over 12 hours. We were again told he’d probably have seizures. Everything was negative.
“On the fifth day he excelled, he did everything the medical staff said he wouldn’t do.
“They put electrodes on his brain and the results came back as severely abnormal, but we prepared ourselves and we accepted that that was how it was going to be.”
Emma said when he was 12 days old, his MRI brain scan came back with normal function.
She added: “What they did for him at the hospital I don’t think we could ever put into words.
“He’s been discharged from physios, he’s a normal little boy.
“We still have to see the consultant but he’s reached all his milestones.”