Miracle baby Tyler Furness is home at last – and his grateful parents, family and friends, are raising cash to help other little ones at the two hospitals which saved his life.
Tyler was born in February, more than 12 weeks early, weighing just 1lb 3oz.
His parents, Kelly Gilbride and Nathan Furness, were warned three times that he might not survive.
Now thanks to the specialist treatment and care received at both Stepping Hill and Wythenshawe Hospital’s neo-natal units, he came home to Buxton this week –something his parents feared they would never see.
It was a routine pregnancy scan that showed Tyler had stopped growing and Kelly was rushed to Stepping Hill for an emergency Caesarian section.
After the first week Tyler’s condition deteriorated. “They asked us if we wanted him resuscitating or to let him go,” said Kelly, 20.
Nathan, 21, said: “Three times we were told he could die. We had him christened when he was a week old.”
But Tyler, who has battled numerous infections, was transferred to Wythenshawe Hospital and put on a specialised ventilator.
“Because he was really poorly he needed a ventilator that shakes the whole body, which is why we had to go there,” said Kelly, who held him for the first time when he was 44 days old.
After two months in Wythenshawe, Tyler moved back to Stepping Hill and has continued to improve.
He is now seven months old and weighs 8lb. His chronic lung disease will mean he will need extra oxygen for at least two years. Kelly and Nathan have been trained so they can continue to care for him at home.
The couple now want to raise as much as they can for the two neo-natal units. Nathan said: “The hospitals are just amazing. They get you through it.”
At the end of September, Nathan, his dad John and a group of friends are cycling 150-miles coast to coast, one of the first challenges for the Light at the End fund the family has launched.To support it, contact Tracey Furness on 01298 814799 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations can also be made via the hospitals’ websites.