Baby born at 24 weeks weighing 1lb 7oz survives after docs ‘admit defeat’ and tell mum to switch off life support

A “MIRACLE” baby born at just 24 weeks weighing 1lb 7oz has survived despite docs “admitting defeat” and telling his mum to switch off the life support.

Kirsty Byass, 28, was ready to turn off machines keeping premature baby Jordie-Jay alive, as his prospects looked increasingly bleak and consultants told her there was “nothing else they could do for him”.

Born at just 24 weeks, and weighing only 1lb 7oz, Jordie-Jay’s survival chances were slim
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But Jordie-Jay stunned docs and his family, and is ready to go home
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Kirsty Byass was told by doctors it would take a miracle for her baby to survive
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But, the tiny extremely premature baby written off by doctors made an amazing recovery just as his parents were set to have his life support switched off.

When Jordie-Jay was born on November 20, doctors warned it would take a miracle for him to survive.

He was born at just 24 weeks after potentially life-threatening complications with Kirsty’s pregnancy forced doctors to perform a C-section.

She had been in hospital for about four weeks and underwent an emergency operation as her medical situation worsened – knowing her baby might not survive.

After Jordie-Jay was delivered, he did well at first before taking a turn for the worse, the mum told Teesside Live.

My kids were heartbroken. Then I couldn’t do it, we became desperate. I even asked other hospitals to use him as a guinea pig if it would save his life.

Mum Kirsty Byass

Kirsty said: “Jordie-Jay has premature chronic lung disease and the doctors said he has it so severe that they only get children like him once every two years.

“He just wasn’t getting any better; the doctors kept putting me into a room and telling me there’s nothing else they can do for him.

“I begged them to help him, and the truth is they were, but nothing was happening.”

Kirsty had made the impossible decision to turn off his ventilator and let him pass away peacefully.

She had agonisingly explained to her other two boys, aged 11 and seven, what was going to happen and picked out clothes for her baby to wear, before making the final sombre journey to the hospital.

His devastated family had prepared to say their final goodbyes at James Cook Hospital, in Middlesbrough, when, at the last moment, Kirsty felt she couldn’t go through with it.


Kirsty explained: “I wasn’t letting them remove his tube till tea-time to take a family photoshoot.

“My kids were heartbroken. The nurses said they had to take time out of the room because it was heart-wrenching watching my boys so broken.

“Then, I couldn’t do it. We became desperate.

“I rang hospitals over the other side of the country. I asked for a second opinion, we researched things that could help him. I even asked them to use him as a guinea pig if it would save his life.”

Then suddenly, things changed.

The youngster was moved to end-of-life care and suddenly had a massive turnaround, much to the delight of Kirsty, a cleaner, and dad Ryan Pearce, 25, who works as an asbestos stripper.

Tiny Jordie-Jay began making remarkable progress, the likes of which a nurse told the family she had never seen in her decade in the profession.

Now nearly 140 days old and weighing 8lbs 2oz, he still has a way to go, but Kirsty has been left overwhelmed at her plucky boy’s “miracle” transformation.

She said: “Miracles do happen. I didn’t think they would happen to me but they do.

“Even one of the consultants said ‘I can’t believe it’.”

Jordie-Jay was recently transferred to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, and it’s hoped he can go home a week on Sunday, five months after being born.

Kirsty added: “I want to say thank you to the hospital staff. It’s because of them that he’s here today.”

The tiny, extremely premature baby was written off by doctors
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Jordie-Jay was born at just 24 weeks after potentially life-threatening complications with Kirsty’s pregnancy
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Her two older boys, above, visiting their little brother in hospital
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Little Jordie-Jay had premature chronic lung disease and docs said it was so severe they only saw children like him once every two years
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