Father captures baby's smile when he sees his dad after waking up from coma
The parents caught the precious moment on camera!
The morning that Emma and Stuart Labuschagne found their 14-week-old son Michael unresponsive, their whole world seemed to shatter before them. The newborn had gone into cardiac arrest and was no longer breathing, and after a frantic rush to the hospital, Michael was placed in a medically induced coma. The UK parents waited for five excruciating days before a miracle happened: Michael finally woke up. And best of all, the Labuschagnes were able to capture the touching moment on camera, as the baby regained consciousness and smiled at his father.
Paramedics arrived at the Labuschagne home on March 16, shortly after Michael’s parents discovered something was wrong.
The parents later told CNN that paramedics tried to resuscitate Michael with a defibrillator and even injected him with adrenaline to stabilize his heartbeat. But things still weren’t looking good. After a trip to the hospital, doctors placed Michael in the coma to let his brain rest and to protect it from further damage.
The Labuschagnes learned that their son had a cardiac fibroma — a tumor that can block blood flow to a child’s heart.
Michael’s journey is far from over. Doctors warned the parents that he will still need to be treated for his condition, which is an uphill battle.
Either they needed to wait for a heart transplant in the UK, or they would have to go outside the country for the risky surgery. Emma and Stuart buckled down and researched different programs, which is how they connected with staff at the Cardiac Tumor Program at Boston Children’s Hospital Heart Center.
“We researched the hospital and specifically the cardiac surgeons, Dr. (Pedro) del Nido and Dr. (Tal) Geva,” Emma told CNN. “They have a 100 percent success rate and an exceptional reputation. From this moment we knew that we had to try and make this journey.”
Unfortunately, surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital is expensive, so the parents have taken to crowdfunding to cover costs.
In fact, the family has raised so much money, that they’ve put an end to donations after hitting their target.
“Any additional donations after all of Michael’s costs have been covered will be donated to another family in a similar situation,” she wrote.
For now, Michael is surviving thanks to an internal defibrillator and pacemaker to support his heart, CNN reported. His mom said that she has to give her son medication four times a day, which cause unpleasant side effects including stomachaches, diarrhea, and skin sensitivity, which means he can’t go out in the sun.
The couple is holding on to hope that Michael will be able to get his life-saving surgery in April, but for now they are just trying to keep him happy and healthy while they wait.
“Looking at him, he is like any other baby,” his mom shared. “He is always smiling and grinning widely. His older brothers dote on him and he is a strong little character in our family. We are just so grateful for him, even with his medical troubles.”