‘Lifeless’ baby opens eyes just before he’s about to be taken off life support

‘Lifeless’ baby opens eyes just before he’s about to be taken off life support

November 10, 2019

A baby born lifeless and blue suddenly woke up just before he was due to be taken off life-support.

Oscar Bedford entered this world in a difficult state.

Despite doctors in the maternity ward making every effort, he showed no signs of coming to after arriving into the world unconscious, Leicester Mercury reported.

After a spell in an incubator, Oscar was handed to his parents Greg and Chelsea who took him to a special room at Leicester Royal Infirmary for bereaved parents to say their goodbyes.

“They said that after taking him off the incubator he would leave for minutes or maybe just seconds," the 26-year-old mum said.

Fearing that she would never get to meet her grandson, Chelsea called her mum Sally-Ann on Facetime and pointed the camera at Oscar while he lay on her chest.

Midway through the call something unexpected happened.

“She was in the middle of the Highcross Shopping Centre when the call got through to her and as we were talking she saw Oscar open his eyes and she just screamed," she said.

“His eyes were open for the first time and it was so surreal – it felt like a dream.

“I sat on the bed and shook my head like people do in films. It was amazing – the best feeling in the world – but I had to pinch myself.”

At the doctors' suggestion the new mum gave Oscar some of her own milk, which helped to perk him up for a trip to Rainbows hospice in Loughborough.

Despite the drastic turnaround in the baby's health, Chelsea was warned not to get her hopes up too much.

She said: “He was on an end-of-life plan with orders not to resuscitate him – but after three days he was taken off the plan.”

Since then Oscar has been able to go back to his parents' home in Leicester.

While he isn't free from health difficulties, he has been able to laugh and smile and interact with his parents.

“He’s 18 months old now and he’s like a baby aged under three months but he smiles and he laughs and he loves lights, despite being partially blind,” Chelsea said.

“He loves his trips to Rainbows – he enjoys hearing new voices and listening to music.

“He really likes being held and he babbles a lot.”

Oscar has a life-limiting form of epilepsy and it is unclear how long he will survive.

Chelsea said: “He was in intensive care a month ago and we thought we were going to lose him.

“I don’t know how long I’m going to have with him but while he’s here I feel he should have everything – especially after all he’s been through.”

As the mum and dad try to raise money for physiotherapy for Oscar, they are also preparing to welcome a little girl into the world.

Chelsea, who worked as a care assistant before Oscar was born, said: “He’s going to really enjoy having a little sister.

“He’s a bit of a sadist and always laughs at the sound of other babies crying!

“I’m dreading it, having to look after both of them, but he is going to love it.”

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