Brain Dead 10-Day-Old Boy Surprises Doctors By Breathing After He Was Taken Off Life Support! What A Fighter
December 13, 2018 11:01 By Mambee
Some things happen in life that make us believe in miracles. One of such cases is Kaleb's story.
What is brain death?
It is a clinical diagnosis defined as an irreversible discontinuance of all functions of the entire brain, including the brainstem. It has been generally, though not universally, accepted that brain death is sufficient basis to expect there will be no recovery.
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Kaleb defies all odds
Kaleb Crook, now 15-months old, was given zero chance of survival. On the 10th of September 2017, his parents, Becki and Phil Crook, had to tearfully say goodbye to their 10-day old baby.
They were told their son had extensive brain damage due to oxygen deprivation, which occurred either while he was in the womb or during birth. The doctors did all they could and placed Kaleb on life support.
Sadly, there was no progress. This was the end of the line for little Kaleb and the doctors prepared to take him off life support.
Then, a miracle happened! Right after Kaleb was left for dead, they noticed he was still breathing and his mother felt him squeeze her finger. Becki, 30, said;
“Kaleb gave my finger the faintest of squeezes and looked up at me, as if to say ‘it's going to be okay, Mummy!’”
This came as a shock to all the doctors. Immediately, all hope was restored: Kaleb had fought for his life and he had won!
Though he has numerous medical needs due to the severity of the brain injuries, his parents are glad to spend every second with him.
Now, Kaleb gets to enjoy Christmas with his parents and his elder sister at home. He especially lights up at the sound of his sister's voice. What a great fighter Kaleb is!
Although the birthing process is usually straightforward, complications arise at times that need immediate attention.
According to the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, a pregnancy will require special help if:
- The pregnancy is longer than 42 weeks (10 months plus);
- A previous cesarean operation has been carried out on the mother;
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- The mother is older than the recommended age;.
- Mother's or baby's special medical conditions.
Such conditions can lead to complications, which include:
- Fetal distress;
- Excessive bleeding;
- Malposition, that is, the baby being in the wrong position for delivery;
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- Labor that doesn't progress;
- Perineal and uterine ruptures;
- Water breaking early;
- Placenta previa;
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- Too rapid labor;
- Cephalopelvic disproportion, that is, the size of baby’s head is bigger than pelvic aperture;
- Asphyxia, acute lack of the oxygen caused by several variables.
It is important for expecting mothers to regularly attend prenatal visits and to follow their doctors' instructions to ensure a smooth pregnancy and a healthy baby.