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Miracle Baby Refuses To Die

13 Oct 2009For parents, Leigh and David, celebrating their son Warwick's 1st Birthday, seemed like a dream come true.

Warwick was born 11 weeks premature, the doctors predicted that if he survived, he would be severely disabled, not being able to see, hear, move or even recognize his parents.

Only weighing 2 pounds, little Warwick had a bleed on his brain and an infection in his heart, they said he would have had no quality of life.

With that devastating news, Leigh and David made the hardest decision of their lives, after keeping Warwick alive on an incubator, they decided to take him out of it and consented to him being listed as – Do Not Resuscitate.

They were placed in a private room while they had to wait for their newborn baby to die. It was eight long days of saying their goodbyes, giving their final hugs to their long awaited baby who wouldn't be.

He set the heart monitor off an enormous 18 times when his heart stopped beating, at times; turning blue, they thought that was it, and prepared themselves. Miraculously, every time, Warwick started breathing again on his own.

One month later, when he reached 3 pounds, he was able to be taken home with his family. Three months after that, he was given a clean bill of health; doctors said his infection in his heart had completely cleared up and he was going to survive.

Warwick has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, but his mum says she is confident that he will be able to crawl and speak when he is older, and he's already doing a great deal more than what the doctors first predicted.

This cute little boy must have the strongest soul to have survived his heart stopping 18 times; it's amazing what humans are capable of.
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