‘For him to be here is simply a miracle’

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AT just 20 weeks into her pregnancy Amy Hackett was told her son wouldn’t survive to birth. But now, at the age of nine months, little Alfie has defied all the odds and been taken off oxygen.

He has beaten off serious bouts of Bronchiolitis, undeveloped lungs and a premature birth to become the Lord Williams’s teacher’s ‘little fighter’.

She said: “After what we were told was likely to happen, for him to be here is simply a miracle.

“We are so proud of Alfie and despite everything he has been through, he always bounces back happier and healthier than before.

“He has given us a lot of scares but I wouldn’t swap him for the world.”

The problems began when Amy’s waters broke after just 20 weeks of her pregnancy – at which point she was told her little baby would not be born alive.

“They said that the likely outcome would be for me to go into premature labour and if this was to happen they wouldn’t even try to save the baby because he was too young.

“They said we should consider a termination but he was fighting and still alive in there and his heart was still beating so that wasn’t an option for me or my husband [Anthony].

“We got to the 24 week mark and were getting a bit more positive but then at 27 weeks the paediatrician dashed all our hopes again.

“He told us even if we reached 40 weeks he still wouldn’t survive because his lungs were so undeveloped, so that was another big shock.

“Until that point we were pinning all our hopes on holding onto him but to be told if we held on to him he still wouldn’t have survived was really hard to hear – that was probably the lowest point.”

An emotional Amy continued by saying: “After hearing that, I was just thinking that I would be planning a funeral rather than going into hospital to bring a baby home.

“I got to the point of not looking at the scans, trying not to bond with him but that was just impossible as you can’t not bond with a baby inside you.

“I began not wanting to give birth because inside me he was still alive but I knew that once I gave birth he was going to die.

“We were always told that the chances of him breathing when he came out was just not going to happen but as I gave birth I could hear him crying, so that was a real boost – the fact that he was still alive was amazing.”

Baby Alfie was taken straight off to the ventilator where he spent the next 10 days and was then put onto nasal oxygen.

He eventually came to his home in Thame in September and was doing really well until things got even worse on December 18 when he developed bronchiolitis.

Amy said: “Eventually he had to be ventilated again and after everything he had been through that was another devastating blow for us.

“They were doing everything they could at this point but we were told if he got any worse that would be it.

“We knew he would be unwell but never dreamed he would be back on the ventilator and to be told we could lose him again was really difficult to hear, we went to bed that night just completely overwhelmed that this could happen again – we just had to go down in the morning hoping he was still alive.”

Alfie began to improve and since February they have been gradually taking him off the oxygen, which finally happened three weeks ago.

Amy said: “We are so happy for him – he is really a happy baby.

“Now we just want to thank everyone who has helped us, the whole community have been fantastic.”

Amy is now trying to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House, which helped them out during the tough times.

To donate visit – http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AmyHackett