A young mother has described the “miraculous recovery” of her baby who could not breathe until five-minutes after he was born.
Louise Huart, 22, and her seven-week-old son Keegan-James Parker both stopped breathing during the 12-hour labour at Scarborough Hospital in May.
Keegan-James was born at 10.52am on Wednesday 14 May with conditions which affected his circulation and heart along with a suspected blood stream infection, however mother and baby are now happy and healthy at home in Bridlington.
“He has made a miraculous recovery,” said Louise, who first met her son when he was 39-hours old.
She said: “There was one point where I wasn’t breathing and they had to breathe for me.
“We were both rushed to Hull Royal Infirmary and we were in for nine days in intensive care. I didn’t really understand what was going on.”
She confessed there was a point during labour when she thought they would not survive.
Keegan-James had been inhaling meconium, formed of material he had ingested during pregnancy, and was born with meconium aspiration syndrome - a serious respiratory condition.
Louise is now keen to warn prospective mothers of the dangers of meconium which can be recognised as a greenish substance in the amniotic fluid when the waters break.
She said: “I want to raise awareness of how dangerous meconium is. People need to watch out for it, even if it is just a tiny bit then seek medical attention.
“It is incredible he survived, I didn’t realise how poorly he was.”
Despite Keegan-James’s difficult birth, he is now comfortable at home in the New Pasture Estate with mum and dad Leo Parker, 23.
“Doctors said to keep an eye on him because of how long he went without oxygen for, but we are fine now,” said Louise, who is training on a child minding course.
She explained that when she first met Keegan-James “everything changed” and the pair are inseparable.
“He is a little monkey, he is absolutely fine now.
“It is fantastic, I enjoy lots of snuggles with him and he knows me as soon as I walk into the room, we have got a strong bond.”