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OUR BRAVE TOT DIED 18 TIMES.. AND LIVED; Miracle of 'no hope' premature baby.


CELEBRATING the first birthday his parents feared he'd never see, smiling Warwick Dumighan is the boy who refused to die.

Shortly after his birth 11 weeks prematurely last August, he was taken off a life-support machine by doctors who feared his brain and heart were damaged beyond repair.

Parents Leigh Dumighan, 37, and David Newcombe, 42, were ushered in to say an emotional goodbye.

Over the next 72 hours Warwick's heart stopped 18 times. But to everyone's astonishment, he came back to life each time. Leigh, 37, said: "What happened to Warwick is a pure miracle. It's as simple as that. He brought himself back to life. He had no drugs, no treatment, nothing.

"When we took the decision to let him pass away, it was the hardest thing we have ever had to do.

"The prognosis was that his quality of life would be unbearable. We thought he'd already been through enough.

"We wanted to give him all the cuddles and kisses every baby needs without all the wires and the pain.

"The hospital gave us a private room to say goodbye and told us to get him baptised as quickly as possible.

"We stayed in that room waiting for him to die for eight days. There were times when he stopped breathing and his face went a shade of blue and we thought that was it. But every time he seemed to give himself a little shake and start himself back up. It happened 18 times. Each time, the heart monitor went off and we prepared ourselves for the worst."

Amazingly, Warwick's condition soon stabilised and doctors told his parents he was no longer going to die.

And this weekend, against all the odds, he celebrated his first birthday at the family home in Coventry.

But it was was a much bleaker picture when Warwick was born on August 6, 2008 at Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham weighing just 2lbs.

He suffered a bleed on the brain, got a heart infection and spent three weeks in intensive care.


His parents were told that - in the highly unlikely event that he survived - he would be quadraplegic, deaf, blind, and paralysed and not even know who they were.

Today, Warwick, who has cerebral palsy, is none of those.

Leigh added: "We went back to hospital on October 6 and saw a heart specialist and brain specialist.

"That's when we had the amazing news that the heart infection had completely cleared up and that he was going to survive.

"The fact he is celebrating his birthday is amazing. I hope his story gives hope to other mums of premature babies. He is not meant to be here, but he is."

Consultant paediatrician Dr Mike Watkinson, who treated Warwick, said: "I'm so glad for him. We all wish him a very happy birthday."


SICK After he was born PROUD Happy Warwick celebrates his first birthday with delighted Leigh and David, who had been told he would not survive
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 10, 2009
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