The proudest mother on Earth: Woman was told to abort her son FIVE times now he’s set for his first day at school
- Sami Bates was told son Davey stood little chance of surival, advising abortion
- Mrs Bates and husband Paul were determined to give their baby a chance at life
- On Wednesday he’ll walk through the gates of Crossley Fields Primary in Mirfield
As he stands proudly in his new uniform, Davey Bates and his mother Sami look pleased as Punch that he’s starting school.
And so they should be. Because it is a day that might never have happened.
Before Davey was born, doctors told his parents that their son stood little chance of survival – and even advised them to terminate the pregnancy five times.
On Wednesday he will walk through the gates of Crossley Fields Primary in Mirfield, West Yorkshire, for his first day
But Mrs Bates and husband Paul were determined to give their baby a chance at life and – after he underwent a complex operation just hours after birth – Davey defied the odds and is now a happy, healthy four-year-old.
On Wednesday he will walk through the gates of Crossley Fields Primary in Mirfield, West Yorkshire, for his first day.
And his mother will be taking plenty of tissues for the emotional moment. ‘I’ll be the proudest mum on earth when I wave him off at the school gates,’ Mrs Bates, 36, said. ‘With everything he has been through, it is a day we thought may never happen. I’m not sure I’ll be able to hold it together.’
The couple already had two children – Leila and Benji, now 11 and eight – when they discovered Mrs Bates was pregnant by ‘happy accident’ in the autumn of 2016.
However, at the 20 and 28-week scans doctors noticed severe abnormalities with Davey’s development. They diagnosed congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH), where a hole in the diaphragm allows the intestines and stomach to enter the chest cavity and stops the lungs developing properly.
They told company director Mr Bates, 43, and his wife that their baby had just a 15 per cent chance of survival and strongly advised them to have an abortion.
But they insisted on going ahead with the pregnancy, which was closely monitored. ‘It was appointments and scans every three weeks, almost invariably with doctors advising us to end the pregnancy,’ Mrs Bates added.
Davey Bates in hospital shortly after birth. Davey was born on July 18, 2017, at Leeds General, a healthy 5lb 15oz.
‘It was as severe a case of CDH as the doctors had ever seen. It just seemed impossible he could survive outside of my womb, but we couldn’t live with ourselves if we didn’t at least give him a chance.’
Davey was born on July 18, 2017, at Leeds General, a healthy 5lb 15oz. He was put straight on a ventilator and within hours was on the operating table. Medics spent four hours repositioning Davey’s organs, telling his parents he had a 50/50 chance of survival.
But the surgery went well and within days Davey was off the ventilator. He was home three weeks later and has never looked back.
In the early days the couple were provided with accommodation at the hospital by the Sick Children’s Trust and say they will be forever indebted to the charity for its help.
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