A baby who was born “unresponsive, grey and silent” would have died if his mother reached the hospital just one hour later, she has revealed.
Lumen, who is now three-and-a-half, experienced difficulties at birth after mum Gaby Lawbuary-Stock’s placenta turned insufficient, according to Somerset Live.
The mother-of-four claims her intuition told her something was wrong after feeling a lack of movement inside her womb for 24 hours.
Gaby was then rushed to hospital for an emergency C-section as her baby was “extremely unwell” – and was shocked to hear no crying when Lumen was born.
Recalling the heart-wrenching scene in the delivery room, she told Somerset Live: “My mum who was my birth partner could see the nurses trying to get him to breathe, I couldn’t see anything but it was when my mum suddenly said ‘oh please cry’ that I realised how bad the situation was.”
Medics then transferred him into neonatal intensive care (NICU) as he couldn’t breathe unassisted.
“He didn’t cry, he couldn’t breathe on his own and they took him straight into the NICU. I was taken into the recovery room and wasn’t told any information what was happening. While I was lying in the bed, I felt like an empty shell.”, Gaby said
After initial treatment, Lumen was taken a specialist unit at St Michael’s Hospital in Bristol, which she described as a “heartbreaking” room with “16 newborn babies that are all silent” and “all you can hear are machines.”
Lumen was diagnosed with HIE a fter three weeks in hospital, a type of brain damage which occurs when the brain does not get enough oxygen.
Now aged three-and-a-half, Lumen has the mental development of a 16-18-month-old child and does not recognise his name and cannot talk.
He has been diagnosed with autism and, because of this, he headbutts things when he is stressed, tired or upset.
As he is extremely strong, it can take up to three people to change him and he often climbs out of his cot – forcing them to raise money for another bed specially designed for him.
Gaby says she have been left with no other option but to ask the general public for help, as “anything that is made for children with additional needs has a very high price tag”.