Brave fighter Minster baby Jake Willett saved by miracle doctor as he lay dying
Jake with his parents
Jodi and Brian after his ordeal
It was a case of right time, right place for a doctor and a
"miracle" baby whose parents were told he was going to die.
Jodi Baker and Brian Willett's son Jake was born two months
premature on September 24, 2011, weighing 2lbs 4oz.
After gaining weight successfully and breathing without a
respirator, everyone was impressed with his progress until at
three-weeks-old his stomach started to swell.
Jake was later diagnosed with Necrotising Enterocolitis - a
condition in early babies that causes tissue in portions of the
bowel to die.
His condition worsened and his parents were called in by a
doctor at Medway Maritime Hospital.
Dental nurse Jodi, 28, said: "She called us into a room and she
actually said he is not going to survive. She said they were going
to ring the priest and he was just too sick."
Jake now plays like any
Jake's relatives gathered at his bedside to say goodbye when by
chance a Great Ormond Street surgeon, who was checking on a baby
girl with a heart condition, happened to be passing.
Jodi, of Minster Road, Minster, said: "He pulled my partner
aside and said 'I'm going to try something on your son, it will
either save his life or end things there and then'."
"I’m going to try something on your son. It will either save his life or end things there and then" – the Great Ormond Street surgeon
In a procedure he had
never done before, the doctor made two small incisions in Jake’s
gut with a scalpel while still in the incubator, which drained most
of the infection.
Miraculously Jake stabilised and he was taken to King's College
Hospital, London, where he underwent a six-hour operation, losing
70cm of his small intestine.
He stayed in intensive care for the next seven months, where he
fought a catalogue of complications including MRSA, liver failure,
enlarged ventricles on the brain, a small hole in his heart, an
infection next to his heart, and went through 17 blood
transfusions, and several resuscitations.
He was eventually discharged in March 2012 and is now doing well
His mother said: "He is an absolute miracle."
Carpenter dad Brian, 30, will take part in the Tough Mudder
endurance course in Brighton this year to raise money for The
Ronald McDonald House Charities which housed the couple in
Camberwell while Jake was in intensive care.
To sponsor him visit www.justgiving.com/jodi-baker
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