Miracle baby Kurt beats the odds to make it home
LITTLE Kurt Blayney has been dubbed a miracle baby by his parents Joel and Taleah after overcoming the odds to survive a rare condition.
Now four-and-a-half-months-old, Kurt was given just a 10% chance of survival at birth.
He was born with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia, where the diaphragm does not form properly during foetal development, allowing organs from the abdomen, such as stomach, bowel and liver, to move up into the chest and compress the heart and lungs during development.
Mum Taleah, who suffered from severe and debilitating morning sickness condition hyperemesis gravidarum during her pregnancy, said the couple became aware of Kurt's illness at her 19-week-scan, a terrible shock to the first-time parents.
"Thankfully he defied the odds and after a turbulent inducement, Kurt was born via emergency C-section," she said.
"Being carried across the room to the paediatric team, he was blue from a lack of oxygen.
"He struggled to breathe with the little lung that he had and required immediate intubation in the theatre, before quickly being taken off to neonatal intensive-care unit to be stabilised."
Taleah said everyone thought Kurt was doing okay until things went downhill and their little champion was put on life-support.
Kurt needed life-saving surgery and lots of medication as he battled dangerous viruses and fought to live.
But after nearly five-months of hospital in Brisbane, Kurt is now home in Maryborough and under the 24/7 medical care of his family.
"He is an absolute miracle," Joel said.
The couple thanked the doctors and staff at the Royal Brisbane Hospital, Mater Children's Hospital and Hervey Bay Hospital.
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