Miracle Newborn sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴇs After Being In ᴄᴀʀᴅɪᴀᴄ ᴀʀʀᴇsᴛ For Eight Minutes
Little Bertie Spencer choked on his bottle and ɪɴʜᴀʟᴇᴅ ᴛʜᴇ ʟɪǫᴜɪᴅ, but mum Tonicha, 23, thought nothing of it until he started to ᴛᴜʀɴ ʙʟᴜᴇ half an hour later.
The 17-day-old baby boy was rushed to hospital on July 21, where he sᴜFFᴇʀᴇᴅ ᴛʜʀᴇᴇ ᴄᴀʀᴅɪᴀᴄ ᴀʀʀᴇsᴛs, and mum Tonicha and dad, David, 25, were told to say their ɢᴏᴏᴅʙʏᴇs. The ʟɪǫᴜɪᴅ on his ʟᴜɴɢs had stopped him ʙʀᴇᴀᴛʜɪɴɢ ᴘʀᴏᴘᴇʀʟʏ, sᴛᴀʀᴠᴇᴅ ʜɪᴍ ᴏF ᴏxʏɢᴇɴ ᴀɴᴅ ᴛʀɪɢɢᴇʀɪɴɢ ʜɪs ʜᴇᴀʀᴛ ᴛᴏ sᴛᴏᴘ ᴘᴜᴍᴘɪɴɢ. But miraculously, as mum-of-two Tonicha urged him not to ᴅɪᴇ, his heart rate picked up, and ᴀɢᴀɪɴsᴛ all the odds Bertie pulled through. Doctors told his astonished family, from Grantham, Lincolnshire, that little Fɪɢʜᴛᴇʀ Bertie was a “miracle”.
Darcie, one, said:” I just feel so lucky that Bertie made it. We didn’t think he was going to sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴇ at all.”
Bertie was born healthy, and was just 17 days old when he choked on his bottled milk, causing him to inhale it, on July 21. He has acid reflux, so initially his mother wasn’t overly concerned, but half an hour later his lips and mouth started to turn blue, before it spread across his face.
“I just felt so sick with worry – I kept telling David that something wasn’t right. We rang an ambulance, and as soon as the paramedics arrived and told us he urgently needed to get to A&E, we realised how serious it was.” Tonicha added
She said: “It all happened at once. I was asked to leave the room just as about fifteen doctors and nurses sprinted in. I was panicking and hysterical because I had no idea what was going on – but that was the moment he first went into cardiac arrest. I just kept repeating ‘is he going to sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴇ?’, but nobody could tell me, because they didn’t know the answer.”
After being in cardiac arrest for eight minutes, doctors managed to start little Bertie’s heart again. He then sᴜFFᴇʀᴇᴅ two more ᴀᴛᴛᴀᴄᴋs, lasting three minutes each, and a nurse told the family they didn’t know what was going to happen. The family, including Tonicha’s mum, Claire Fitt, 46, were finally allowed in to see Bertie – but they were told to prepare themselves for the ᴡᴏʀsᴛ, and say their ɢᴏᴏᴅʙʏᴇs.
“Even though he was ᴜɴᴄᴏɴsᴄɪᴏᴜs, and wouldn’t have been able to understand me anyway, I felt like I should talk to him, so I did.” she said
At the sound of Tonicha’s voice, Bertie’s heart rate began to pick up. He became stable, and after six hours in A&E, was moved to the intensive care unit, where he spent five days Fɪɢʜᴛɪɴɢ for his life.
“Bertie really is a miracle, and we’re so proud of him” she said
A friend of the family has set up an online Fᴜɴᴅʀᴀɪsᴇʀ for the family, to help cover the costs of building a sensory room for Bertie.