Thursday, 13 August 2009
10:21:07 PM (GMT)
Boy who died 18 times celebrates first birthday
Warwick, who died 18 times, has won his battle for survival and celebrated his first
birthday / Picture Media
THIS is the smiling face of miracle baby Warwick - the amazing little boy who refused
After extreme complications at birth, his British parents Leigh Dumighan and David
Newcombe, were told he would have an appalling life ahead of him if Warwick
They were also told that if Warwick pulled through he would still be severely
disabled, not be able to see, hear, move around, or even know who they were.
The Coventry couple were forced to make the hardest decision of their lives, choosing
to take him out of his incubator, withdraw his treatment and allow him to die with
dignity in their arms.
They stayed with him in a private hospital room for eight days, giving him the
cuddles they had been unable to and waiting for him to pass away.
But Warwick fought to survive and, despite him stopping breathing 18 times, today
celebrated the first birthday his parents thought they would never see.
There is a God that is why this baby is a miracle!!!
While little Warwick has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, he is neither blind,
deaf and has escaped other problems predicted for him.
Leigh, 36, said: "When we took the decision to let him pass away, it was the
thing we have ever had to do.
"The prognosis was highly likely that he would be deaf, blind, bedridden and
quadraplegic - the quality of life he would have had would have just been
"That's why we decided to take him off treatment, I knew he'd had enough.
"We wanted to give him all the cuddles and kisses every baby needs and deserves
without all the wires and pain.
"The hospital gave us a private room to say goodbye in and told us to get him
baptised as quickly as possible.
"He was on a do not resuscitate order but he seemed to start himself back up.
"Warwick brought himself back to life, they didn't even expect him to last one night
- he had no drugs or treatment, nothing.
"What happened to Warwick is a pure miracle, it's as simple as that."
Doctors allowed Leigh and David to take tiny Warwick home to their house in Coventry
when he weighed just 1.4kg on September 5.
And three months later he was given the all-clear by medics, who said he was not
going to die.
Leigh, who is now involved with baby charity Bliss, said: "We went 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.
"Now when people see him who don't know he has the palsy they have no idea there is
anything wrong with him at all.
"When he gets older I know he will be able to crawl and talk and the fact he is
celebrating his birthday is amazing when you think about what has happened to him.
"A year ago we made the right decision - I know that because he survived.
"He is not meant to be here, but he is and I think it is a miracle.
"I hope his story just gives hope to other mums of premature babies," she said.