He survived very much against the odds.
And now little Harrison Ellmer’s mum and dad and family are so grateful to the team of people who helped care for him during his darkest hour they have been fundraising to thank them.
Samantha Baker, aged 20, and her partner Adam Ellmer, 23, a pipe fitter, barely had time to get to know their three-week-old son Harrison when he was rushed to Rotherham Hospital and then to the Children’s after contracting meningitis.
His life hung in the balance and six days later Samantha and Adam were given the devastating news there was nothing more that could be done for their baby son.
He was transferred to Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice where his ventilator was switched off and it was thought he would survive just minutes or a few hours.
But Harrison proved to be a little fighter and pulled through much to everyone’s amazement – and is now a happy, bubbly seven-month-old little boy.
He is developing normally, although his illness has left him deaf in his right ear and with mild cerebral palsy.
Samantha’s parents, Mike and Sally Baker, have held a charity night for the hospice and taken part in a skydive at Hibaldstow Airfield.
Samantha said: “I am so thankful for all the kind wishes and support we had when Harrison was poorly.
“Every single day was heartbreaking, watching my three-week-old son lay there knowing that I could not do anything to help him apart from pray and hope for the little boy we have now.
“He is such a happy, healthy baby, he’s my little miracle. Bluebell Wood is an amazing place. Every single member off staff there was so helpful, friendly and supportive every step of the way and I cannot thank them enough.”
Gail Parkin, Fundraiser at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice said: “It’s wonderful to see Harrison looking so well today after everything he went through. He’s certainly a tough little cookie.”