A baby born just seven inches long wins his battle for life despite experts only giving him a 3% chance of survival.
Tiny Oliver-Cash Lowther-Ryan, born 23 weeks in custody, has been nicknamed “ Rocky ” after surviving two operations and will soon be ready to go home with his parents, according to The sun.
The tot, who is believed to be one of the UK’s most premature baby survivors, arrived at just 1 lb 3 oz on March 26 when he was barely the size of a television remote control.
Little Oliver-Cash Lowther-Ryan, pictured, born 23 weeks in confinement, has been nicknamed “ Rocky ” after surviving two operations and is now ready to go home with his parents
Parents Ethan Ryan, 29, and partner Frances, 24, of Walderslade, Kent, were told three times that doctors expected the worst, but Oliver-Cash continued to challenge the odds.
The father told the newspaper, “We always knew it would be difficult when it happened so early. But right after he was born, he let out a little cry and the nurse said, “We have a fighter in our hands.”
The coronavirus pandemic, and the fact that their baby was so delicate, forced parents to wait about nine weeks before being able to keep their child, an ordeal they described as “torture”.
Oliver-Cash – named after musician Johnny Cash – was born a breech a week before the 24-week abortion limit in the UK.
Only three months old, he underwent surgery to remove an inch from his intestines and fought abdominal sepsis and the need for a third operation on a heart valve after he recovered.
Parents Ethan Ryan, pictured, and partner Frances, of Walderslade, Kent, were told three times that doctors expected the worst, but Oliver-Cash continued to challenge the odds
At a particularly difficult stage in his battle for survival, the baby was wearing three types of respirator and even a cannula inserted into his forehead because his size meant that there was no other part on his body.
During her recovery, Covid-19’s strict rules at Medway Maritime Hospital meant that the couple were unable to see Oliver-Cash together, but were instead limited to a few hours each at their bedside.
Frances, a coffee barista, said, “ Knowing that he was mine and that we had brought him to this point with all the amazing doctors and nurses – that made him a real miracle for us.
“It was beyond words, to finally be able to bond as a mom and baby. The wave of love I felt was simply incredible.
Doctors have now said that Oliver-Cash could be brought home on July 23, but only if his progress continues and new medical procedures take place.
12-year-old child becomes one of youngest victims of coronavirus in England
A 12-year-old child is among the youngest in Britain to die from a coronavirus after he died in hospital earlier this week.
Sheffield Children’s Hospital has confirmed that a child died on Monday after being admitted to critical condition.
The hospital said they had tested positive for Covid-19 but the cause of death had not been determined.
In a statement, the hospital said: “ Unfortunately, on Monday June 15, a child died in Sheffield Children’s after being brought to the hospital in critical condition.
“Resuscitation attempts have failed.
“The cause of death is not yet known. The tests confirmed that the child had Covid-19, but it is not yet clear if it was a contributing factor.
Sheffield Children’s Hospital has confirmed that a 12-year-old boy died on Monday with Covid-19
John Somers, CEO of Sheffield Children’s, said: “Our sincere condolences go out to the family and we ask the media to respect their privacy during these difficult times.”
NHS England has announced that a 13-day-old baby with no underlying health conditions has died with Covid-19.
The baby would be the youngest victim of the disease in the United Kingdom, and their death was announced Thursday in the assessment of coronaviruses in English hospitals.
Figures released Thursday revealed that 62 other Covid-19 patients died in English hospitals, the oldest of whom was 96 years old.
Children seem to be much less likely to suffer from the most serious effects of the disease, but 19 people under the age of 19 died from the virus in hospitals in England.
In May, a six-week-old child with underlying health conditions died.
Previously, the youngest victim without a pre-existing health problem was said to be Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab, who died in March at the age of 13.
Doctors were also alarmed by a spike in a disease resembling Kawasaki disease.
Symptoms include sudden high temperature, rash, swollen hands and feet, dry, cracked lips and tongue, and sore, red eyes.
A study led by Imperial College London and published earlier this month found the disease to be distinct from Kawasaki disease.
The researchers said they could not be certain that the new disease was caused by Covid-19, but that 45 of the 58 children involved in the study had evidence of a current or past coronavirus infection.
They added that the emergence of a new condition during a pandemic is “unlikely to be a coincidence”.
Britain announced today 173 additional coronavirus deaths, including a 12-year-old child, government scientists have confirmed the epidemic is retreating as the number of new cases decreases by 4% each day and the rate of crucial R remaining below the dreaded level of one.
Issue 10’s Scientific Advisory Committee, SAGE, found that the reproductive rate – the average number of people infected with each Covid-19 patient – is still between 0.7 and 0.9, which means that the coronavirus is firmly behind after terrorizing Britain for months. It must stay below one or Britain will face another crisis.
Separate data released for the first time today also claimed that the UK’s current growth rate – how the number of new daily cases is changing day by day – could be as low as minus 4%. If the rate becomes greater than zero, the disease may again become uncontrollable.
Health ministry officials say the death toll is now 42,461. But the count only includes laboratory-confirmed patients – unlike other overwhelming figures that take into account all suspected deaths and show that the actual number of victims has already exceeded 50,000.