A little boy born 15 weeks prematurely has defied all the odds to become a fun loving tot.
Now his family from Newmarket want to thank the charity which enabled them to be near to their son as he battled to live.
Frankie-Dean was born when mum Dani was only 25 weeks into her pregnancy.
She went into labour without warning and Frankie weighed just 2lbs 1oz when he was born.
Thanks to hospital care and Frankie’s own will to live he survied the onslaught of numerous complications associated with premature birth.
His lungs collapsed, he contracted a life threatening bowel disease and sufferd a serious brain bleed.
Frankie spent six months in hospital at Addenbrooke’s and West Suffolk in Bury St Edmunds before he was allowed home and now, as his third birthday approaches this August his family have told how they coped during those early months.
Thanks to accommodaton at Chestnut House at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, provided by the Sick Children’s Trust, the family were able to be close to his bedside and provide his sister Lexi, now nearly five, with a sense of normal family life.
Dani, 25, said:I don’t think anyone can believe how he’s pulled through. I just think he’s amazing.
“This is all I ever wanted and it’s only recently I can accept what happened. Before I wanted to know why. Last year was really hard. I had panic attacks. It totally knocked me.”
“When Frankie was born I stayed day and night and someone put me in touch with Alan Booth at Chestnut House and there was somewhere for us to be. Alan was brilliant. He would put a smile on my face even when the worst was happening. He was so supportive for Frankie and he was really good with Lexi.”
Dani says that Frankie, named after his great grandad Frank Billam who is 92, is now a fiesty youngster with lots of personality and showing no signs of the issues he faced when he was born.
Dani added: “Having a ‘home from home’ while Frankie was fighting for his life in hospital really did keep us together as a family and make it easier for us to cope with everything that was going on.”
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