Born just three days past abortion limit in England
By Dave Andrusko
Editor’s note. In this story, part of our ongoing series of posts where we take a second look at an account that appeared one year prior in NRL News Today, we are reminded in vivid terms of the dichotomy—the schizophrenia—of working feverishly to save one baby while aborting a child of a similar age.
It is almost a given with British publications which are fascinating by the dichotomy. Whenever a preemie is born close to the legal 24 week limit for abortion, the reader is reminded that a baby who in one room doctors are desperately trying to save is the same age baby as the one down the hall whose life can be snuffed out.
So Milly Vincent can tell us in today’s Daily Mail that on July 9, 2018, “Little Haris Mockbill was born at 24 weeks and three days” –“just three days after the abortion limit”– who weighed “just 1lb 10oz (750g) and given almost no chance of survival by doctors.”
All extreme preemies live rollercoaster existences, especially ones like Haris who came nearly four months early. Predictably, his lungs “were under developed,” Zoe Drewett tells us, and he “had chronic lung disease meaning he was unable to breathe on his own.
Haris was immediately whisked off to the NICU which, of course, was hard on his mother, Ellie Barr, 28, and father, Hassan Mockbill, 31. It got worse. At two weeks Haris’ lungs filled with fluids.
“We were told we were going to lose him. He was really struggling to breathe and his body was shutting down,” Elie told Drewett of Metro News.
‘We all said our goodbyes. It was the worst thing I’ve ever had to go through.
‘I really struggled because I could see he was fighting and I wanted to fight for him too.
‘I tried to cling on to any bit of hope but the doctors said it would probably be our last day with him.’ …
‘We had a priest go into the hospital to baptise him because we thought it would have been our last day with him.
‘I tried to cling on to hope but the doctor said most babies as poorly as Haris was just don’t make it.
But, as Drewett described it, Haris was “pulled back from the brink of death after doctors gave him a strong course of steroids.”
The eight-day course of medicine saved his life but a scan of his brain during his recovery discovered a bleed on the brain, meaning Haris may grow up to develop a disability.
Ellie said: ‘It was hard to take but as long as he’s still with us and not in pain, that’s all that matters.’
“When he pulled through we just could not believe it,” Elie told Drewett. “I wanted to make sure I did something special when he was getting better. We bought him a little gown and a hat. He looked so cute and it’s a special memory for us now. When we look back at the photo we realise how far he has come.”
Haris spent thirteen weeks in the NICU at Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham and finally went home October 11 with his breathing tube where he joined Elias, Elie’s two-year-old son. However, as his lungs grew stronger, the amount of oxygen was reduced every four weeks between October 2018 and March 2019.
“He is a true inspiration and I am so proud of him,” Elie told Milly Vincent. With a smile, she describes Haris as a ‘little terror’ who brings a smile to the face of whoever he meets. “We had a massive party for him on his first birthday.”
‘He has beaten the odds and overcome everything that was thrown at him. He never gave up.
‘We are a perfect little family now and it was so worth all of the fighting.
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