Harrison Ellmer’s parents didn’t have time to revel in the joy of their newborn baby, instead thrown into the depths of despair when their son contracted meningitis and was put on life support.
When scans showed three-week-old Harrison was brain dead, Samantha Baker and Adam Ellmer hit the lowest of all lows – making the impossible decision to turn off their baby boy’s life support.
Harrison was taken to a hospice so he could pass away peacefully, but in an unimaginable turnaround started breathing on his own. He is now three and the picture of good health.
“When Harrison’s life support was switched off we never imagined he would continue to breathe,” Samantha tells Huffington Post. “We were all so heartbroken when we were told he wasn’t going to survive, it felt like a real miracle.”
Despite surviving, doctors still warned the couple that their son would never be able to walk or talk. Incredibly, Harrison is now hitting all his milestones just like other children his age.
“We were terrified but so thankful he had survived that we just took each day as it came,” Samantha says.
“Harrison’s brain scan results showed that he was completely brain dead but we always hoped he’d defy the odds. We still can’t believe it ourselves when we see him walking and talking.”
Harrison fell ill shortly after he was born in December 2012.
“I was told straight away that it was very serious and after a lumbar puncture, I was told he had contracted meningitis,” Samantha says.
After days of doctors trying to save him and still relying on a ventilator to breathe, the new parents prepared to say their final goodbyes as the life support was switched off.
“Looking at him now and watching him running around, riding his bike and reading books, it’s amazing,” Samantha says.
“He has suffered some deafness in one ear and has mild cerebral palsy on his right side but you would never know by looking at him.
“Harrison is full of life and we can’t believe how lucky we are to have him.”
Harrison will be a big brother in January with the couple now expecting their second child.
They have been fundraising for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice ever since their ordeal in 2013.
(via Huffington Post)