Baby boy considered brain dead makes miraculous recovery after being taken off life support: 'He's choosing life every day'
Kaleb's parents, Becki and Phil Crook, had almost said their final goodbyes to their then 10-day-old son after doctors told them that he was brain damaged from oxygen deprivation
A little boy, who was declared brain dead with no chances of survival, has reportedly made a miraculous recovery after he was taken off life support by doctors at the hospital. Kaleb Crook, who is now 15 months old, left his doctors pleasantly surprised when he continued to breathe on his own and squeezed his mother's finger.
Kaleb's parents, Becki and Phil Crook, had almost said their final goodbyes to their then 10-day-old son, after doctors told them that Kaleb was brain damaged due to oxygen deprivation. However, the little one defied all odds, and, despite having complex needs due to his severe brain damage, is now going to spend his first Christmas at home with his parents.
Becki said, "Kaleb gave my finger the faintest of squeezes and looked up at me, as if to say 'it's going to be okay, Mummy!' And now, despite Kaleb's complex needs and severe brain injury, he loves to smile, especially when he hears his sister's voice."
Becki and her husband Phil were told that their baby had been deprived of oxygen at some point in the womb or during birth, causing him to be born brain dead. But the mother-of-two still has no idea how that could have happened to her little son. She shared, "Kaleb was delivered, but we quickly saw that he was pale, floppy and not breathing. He was put onto life support as soon as he arrived at the hospital, and doctors told me that there was minimal brain activity and that there was no hope for his future."
But when doctors decided to withdraw all care, the family was transferred to a specialized children's hospice for end of life treatment. Becki said, "We had to prepare for the end of life care at Rainbows Hospice after doctors told us that Kaleb had catastrophic brain damage and that he would most likely die imminently."
She continued, "We were told he would only live for a few minutes so I held him so tightly in my arms. But then he gave us a ray of hope." Kaleb, who had been diagnosed with a Grade 3 Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE), as well as severe, irreversible brain damage, managed to survive. Although the little one's prognosis is still not clear, his family seems to have moved on and are currently spreading the holiday cheer.
Kaleb's mom said, "This is our new normal. This Christmas is a Christmas we never expected to have. Kaleb can now be with us, experiencing the joy of life, against the odds." She added, "Our hope is that Kaleb will experience happiness and peace, in whatever capacity he is capable of. We want him to know how loved he is." Kaleb will be celebrating this Christmas season with his parents and older sister, Eden.
Speaking about her son's future, Becki added, "No one knows what the future holds for Kaleb but at the moment he's choosing 'life' every day and defying the odds. We had no idea we'd still have him with us today. He has astounded everyone he's met. He is a true and living miracle, defying all of the doctor's expectations."