The parents of a baby boy have thanked a team of medics who saved their son’s life.
When Preston Wallis was born, it was touch and go as to whether he would survive.
His mother Sammy Leaves went into labour at home and had to deliver her son with the help of paramedics.
But it was immediately apparent something was wrong as Preston was not breathing because he had swallowed liquid during birth which was blocking his airways.
The paramedics had to rush him to Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, where it’s believed a team of up to 20 medics were waiting for him.
There it was a frantic race against time to resuscitate the tiny tot, with him finally taking his first breath on his own 25 minutes after being born.
But the drama didn’t stop there as baby Preston then had to be ‘frozen’.
Because his brain had been starved of oxygen he was put in a cooling suit for three days which saw his body temperature reduced from its normal 37C to 33.5C, to help stop any brain damage.
But despite his dramatic entrance into the world and against all the odds, Preston is now a picture of health and at home with his family.
And today as his parents celebrate him being a month old, they want to thank the NHS staff for saving his life.
‘If it hadn’t been for the hospital and paramedics, Preston might not be here,’ said Sammy, 24, of Hobby Close, Waterlooville. ‘They saved my baby’s life and saying thank you just doesn’t seem enough.’
Looking back at what Preston has been through, his family find it hard to believe he survived.
Miss Leaves said: ‘It’s crazy what happened really. When I had my first son Harvey, it was straight forward. But with Preston it was just chaos.
‘For starters I never expected to be having him at home. Then when he was born, I was waiting for a cry and there was nothing. It was so awful – I didn’t know what was going to happen.
‘Then he was taken away from me and I had to wait for another ambulance. I didn’t know if he was going to start breathing or not. But when he got to hospital they just didn’t give up and kept going.
‘When I finally saw him though, I passed out. It was just such a shock because he had tubes coming out of him and had the cooling suit on – which is amazing really. But he was so cold to touch, it didn’t feel right. We were still worried if he’d be ok.’
But the thing that gave Preston’s family hope was knowing he was in good hands.
Miss Leaves said: ‘Everyone at the hospital was so good. We knew he was in the best place with the best people.’
She added: ‘It’s so nice to have him home at last but we know if it hadn’t been for the paramedics acting so quickly when he was born and the hospital staff caring for him so well, he wouldn’t be here now.