'Little fighter' battles for life; HEALTH: Premature baby born in a B&B is cruelly struck down by meningitis.Byline: By Patrice John
A BABY who was born prematurely in a Blackpool bed and breakfast has been struck down with meningitis.
Christopher Hoggarth survived being delivered by a landlady landlady n. female of landlord or owner of real property from whom one rents or leases. (See: landlord) who had no medical training after mum Laura mistook labour pains Noun 1. labour pains - a regularly recurrent spasm of pain that is characteristic of childbirth
birth pangs, labor pains
pang - a sharp spasm of pain
labour pains (US), labor pains npl → for back pain.
But in a cruel twist the tot, who arrived ten weeks early and was due to be immunised in days, is now in intensive care.
His 40-year-old dad, who is also called Christopher, said: "I feel like I've been kicked in the teeth, especially when I think of the sort of start he had in life.
"The hospital are doing everything they can but it is all a matter of time and waiting.
"We still don't know what damage the disease has done to his brain."
Christopher, who was in the breech position Breech position
When a child is oriented feet first in the mother's uterus just before delivery.
Mentioned in: Antenatal Testing , was born at 2am on September 3.
His parents Christopher, a school caretaker, and Laura, a 2 3-year-old housewife, from Small Heath, were visiting Blackpool for the weekend.
But Laura went into labour while Christopher was out to buy her paracetamol paracetamol
an analgesic and antipyretic drug in dogs. It is contraindicated for cats because of serious side-effects which include intravascular hemolysis, methemoglobinemia and hepatic necrosis. for what she thought was a back pain.
Little Christopher was delivered by Noreen Westhead, the landlady of Camelot B&B, in Blackpool.
He weighed just 3lb and was taken to a special care baby unit at Blackpool's Victoria Hospital.
He was transferred to Birmingham's Heartlands Hospital but was allowed to go home at the beginning of October.
His parents noticed he was ill last Sunday and took him to Birmingham Children's Hospital Birmingham Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust manage the central Birmingham hospital now also known as The Diana, Princess of Wales Children's Hospital, which provides general and emergency health care services to children in Birmingham, the West Midlands and beyond. .
But his mum Laura said she hopes her 'little fighter' will be able to pull through. She said: "He is a real little fighter and the way he was born shows us that.
"But after everything we have been through this is horrible.
"We noticed he was ill when he was not feeding and he was not sleeping either. He also started to get a stiff neck.
"It was on Sunday night we took him to the hospital. We are hoping and praying for the best."
FAMILY...the Hoggarths with baby Christopher, who is in hospital fighting meningitis.