Boy cheats death after stunning recovery in hospice

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Miracle toddler Harrison Ellmer has amazed medics after he was admitted to a hospice to die – only to make a stunning recovery.

Heartbroken parents Adam Ellmer and Sam Baker thought they were witnesses to their three-year-old son’s final moments after doctors told them there was nothing more they could do.

But their despair turned to delight when his life support machine was switched off and the plucky youngster, who had contracted meningitis, began breathing on his own and steadily battled back to health.

Ms Baker, 20, said: “I was holding Harrison with Adam in front of me and family around us. The nurse switched off the machine and left and we just stared at our little boy.

“No-one said a word for 20 minutes. We watching him breathing on his own and he just carried on, getting better and better.

“It was the happiest moment of our lives.”

Harrison was born healthy but became ill soon afterwards and had to be taken by ambulance from the family home in North Anston, Rotherham, to Rotherham Hospital.

He needed to be resuscitated and was diagnosed with meningitis. Fearing the worst, his parents had Harrison christened in an emergency service at the hospital.

Mr Ellmer, 23, a pipe fitter, said: “They didn’t know exactly what was wrong then but said he was a very poorly baby.

“He was on the high-dependency ward and they said it would go one of two ways. He could stay there if he got better or would need to go to Sheffield Children’s Hospital if he got worse. Ten or 15 minutes later they said he needed to be moved.”

Harrison had two CT scans that evening after being transferred to a specialist unit in Sheffield. His father added: “The news kept varying. It went from the doctors saying he was getting better to them telling us he might not make it.”

Six days later the couple were given the devastating news that there was nothing more the doctors could do for their son.

They made the heartbreaking decision that Harrison should spend his final moments in the peaceful Bluebell Wood children’s hospice.

Harrison’s illness has left him deaf in his right ear and with mild cerebral palsy but he is otherwise developing normally.

His mother said: “He is such a happy, healthy baby. He’s our little miracle.”

The couple and friends have raised £5,000 for the hospice.