Robert Airey, from Oxfordshire, was found to be suffering from pneumococcal meningitis and respiratory failure when he was just 9 months old. This was a deadly infection which caused his brain to swell up.
The boy experienced a miraculous recovery after doctors used an unconventional therapy, aspirin which saved his life.
AdvertisementHe had suffered a series of minor strokes and had to be rushed to Southampton Children's Hospital. Doctors were not hopeful of a cure, yet they gave him daily doses of aspirin to reduce the swelling in the brain. This decision, which was completely different from the normal route doctors take, proved a blessing as the drug helped heal the blood clots. Robert made a miraculous recovery.
This disease is thought to affect nearly 200 babies in a year. Nearly 20% of them die from these illnesses and more than 50% of them go on to develop long term health issues.
Robert's mother Sarah, who is a GP, said: 'Miracle can be an overused term, but I think it's relevant here. From what we expected, to him making it and then recovering so well - it was an against the odds job. And to see him playing in the mud, rolling around and playing with the other children is an amazing sight.'