Not giving up on Joe
Thursday, 12 January 2017
WHEN doctors told Bronagh Maguire that her baby son was not expected to live more than a few hours after his birth, she still refused to turn off his life support.
But despite a litany of supposedly un-survivable health problems, little Joe is about to celebrate his second birthday.
Joe was born at 28 weeks, weighing just two pounds eight ounces, at 1.18am on January 16 2015, after his placenta burst.
“When the doctors came to see me they told me that Joe had swallowed blood, that his lungs had collapsed and that he had bleeds on both sides of the brain," said Bronagh.
“He was being kept alive on a ventilator but it wasn't working.
“I was advised to let them turn the machines off - I hadn't even seen him yet.
“I was told that he was alive but that he would not survive, he would be lifeless, that he would have no brain function."
But the Randalstown mum said that once she had skin-on-skin contact, she knew that she had to fight for her son.
“Once I saw him and held him, I knew I couldn't give up on him," she said.
*Read the full story in this week's Antrim Guardian
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