A mother is rejoicing the arrival of her “Christmas miracle” after being informed incorrectly that her baby had died in the pregnancy.
Hannah Cole, 27, was sent to the Bradford Royal Infirmary (BRI) at 20 weeks when her waters broke.
The following day, doctors informed Hannah that the baby had died due to a lack of a heartbeat and scheduled her for an induced labor.
However, Hannah’s ‘gut sense’ that her kid was still alive prompted her to request one more check, which is when doctors discovered a pulse again.
Oakley Cole-Fowler was born on October 30 at the age of 24 weeks and three days, weighing 780 grams.
Hospital administrators apologised for causing emotional pain and anguish to the family.
Hannah expressed that it’s been difficult and up and down. He was in intensive care. He’s been nothing short of spectacular. She is simply relieved. It’s been a wild ride. He is a Christmas miracle for her.
Oakley will stay in the hospital until at least February 9, 2023, his original due date.
Hannah, from Wibsey, West Yorkshire, called Oakley as a “little fighter” and said the last six months had been a rollercoaster ride.
Little Oakley underwent surgery at the age of eight days after being diagnosed with Necrotising enterocolitis, a condition in which tissues in the gut become inflamed and die.
He’s also had a stoma bag installed and will have further surgery next spring.
Hope, they’ll be able to bring him home in a few of months, Hannah added.
She is a little disoriented right now as he’s not at home.
While Oakley was originally on a ventilator, he is now breathing on his own and has gone on leaps and bounds, according to his young mother.
She can’t wait to bring him home so they can be a regular family, she continued.
Hannah has filed a complaint with BRI over the treatment she received throughout her pregnancy with Oakley.
Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has announced that an examination into the circumstances surrounding her October scans is now complete.
They have completed their inquiry, which is now being shared with Ms Cole, said a representative.
They would like to extend their congratulations to her and her family on the arrival of Oakley and wish the family the best during his lengthy neo-natal journey, said the hospital.
On behalf of the Trust, she would like to express her heartfelt apologies for the concern and worry created to Ms Cole over the treatment and care received throughout her current pregnancy, said Sarah Hollins, director of midwifery at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, in October.