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28 / 01 / 2011 - Baby with problems survives despite doctors advising abortion
is born at the same hospital
as where his dad was given only a 10% chance of survival
A baby who doctors advised should be aborted defied the odds to be born at the same hospital as his father, who had also been given a slim chance of survival at birth.
Kylie Ingham, 22, was devastated when doctors advised her to abort her unborn baby at 20-weeks because a scan revealed he had major problems with his lungs.
But she was inspired to continue with her pregnancy because her husband Matt, 31, had only been given a 10 per cent chance of surviving when he was born in 1979.
Against the odds their son Isaac survived and was born at King's College Hospital in London.
Mrs Ingham from Braintree in Essex said: 'We had always discussed if there was something wrong with him, we would keep him. Abortion never entered into my mind.
'I said to Matt, "When your mum had you and was told there was only a 10 per cent chance of survival, she never gave up on you - this is our baby and surely we should give him a chance".
'That was what convinced me not to give up, the fact that Matt had survived all those years ago. Now we have got the perfect, little miracle.'
The couple, who run a canvas printing company, were told after a 20 week scan that their unborn baby was suffering from Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH), a rare condition in which the diaphragm is not fully formed and allows the stomach, bowel and liver to push up into the chest, preventing proper lung growth.
One in two babies die of the condition before birth and then again there was only a fifty fifty chance he would survive the major surgery needed once he was born.
Mrs Ingham said: 'They said the best option would be a 'medical abortion'. It was at that stage that I looked at Matt and he was crying.
'We were both crying and my first instinct was anger - I felt as though they were saying to me, 'you are only 22, why should you want a baby with issues?'
'But once I said I was keeping him, their whole attitude changed automatically and the same day we were asked if we wanted to take part in some research as they wanted records of how he did with a ventilator when he was born.'
Mr Ingham said they were given the choice of having their baby at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge or King's College Hospital in London, where he had been born prematurely more than three decades ago at 26 weeks with just a 10 per cent chance of surviving.
He said: 'I was born in King's and survived against the odds so I thought we should go there as that was the best place for me back then.'
Isaac was born at the hospital on October 8 last year, weighing a healthy 8lb 7oz and because of his good weight doctors were able to operate on him when he was just 27 hours old.
The youngster underwent a complicated six-hour surgery which involved sowing the hole on the left hand side of his diaphragm back together and moving his organs back into the right place from his chest cavity.
He recovered so well he was able to leave hospital after just 15 days to meet his older brother Hayden, '.
Mrs Ingham said: 'I still don't believe he is here. I just feel sorry for anyone who has got rid of their baby, never knowing that outcome of what happened. I am not saying if your baby has CDH it is going to survive - nobody can say that until its born.
'You need to have hope - hope and patience, you just have to believe really.'
Isaac is now signed up to a long-term research programme with the hospital which will help other babies suffering from CDH and he will go for regular check ups until he is 10-years-old.
Matt, 31, added: 'Once he gets to the age of two, he will be running round like any other youngster. He is a miracle.'
A spokesman for King's College Hospital said: 'We are pleased to hear Mrs Ingham and her son are doing well.
'We would like to make it clear we strive, at all times, to provide our patients with the best possible care.
'This includes providing them with all the relevant information about the treatment options available to them.'