28/02/2007

Miracle baby 'back from the dead'

The parents of a baby boy who came back to life half an hour after being declared clinically dead have spoken about the child they describe as a "little miracle".

Jon and Karen Lander rushed two-week-old Woody to Leeds General Infirmary in December 2005 when he stopped breathing.

The baby suffered a heart attack at the hospital and despite attempts by the medical staff to save him, it as believed that he had passed away.

Mr Lander, 34, said that doctors handed Woody to him and his wife Karen, 32, in order for them to say goodbye, but Mr Lander said that when doctors started to remove tubes from Woody's body he began twitching.

Doctors from the hospital were then able to get Woody's heart going. It was later discovered that the child had a blocked aorta and he underwent surgery.

It was feared that Woody, now 14 months old, might have suffered brain damage because he stopped breathing for so long. However, scans showed that Woody had suffered any lasting damage.

Mr Lander is hoping to thank Leeds General Hospital by running in the Leeds 10k Run for All later this year to raise money for the Children's Heart Surgery Fun at the hospital.

(KMcA/SP)

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