A miracle baby who endured three operations, three life-threatening infections and 20 blood transfusions has been discharged from hospital.
Fifteen-month-old Rhys Matthew Gardner has amazed both medics and family members after he was given a 20 per cent chance of survival following a catalogue of health problems.
Dad Matthew is now planning to take on a 82 mile charity trek to raise cash for the health services that helped save his son‘s life.
Matthew, 32, of Heaton Gardens, Edlington, said: “Miracles are real and Rhys is a perfect example of that, especially when we were told he only had 20 per cent chance of survival
“In a small way to try to repay some of the debt that we owe to all the people who helped us, I am planning on running the distances which Rhys travelled between hospitals, a total of 82 miles in three days.
“Without them our little boy wouldn’t be here today.”
Rhys was born 14 weeks premature weighing a tiny 1lb 10 oz in Doncaster Royal Infirmary and distraught parents Vicky and Matthew kept a bedside vigil throughout his 152 day stay in hospital.
After three operations, three life-threatening infections, a collapsed lung and nearly 20 blood transfusions, Rhys was finally discharged from hospital after five months.
Grandmother Sue Lewis of Badsworth Road, Warmsworth said: “Rhys is doing brilliantly now when he came home we couldn’t quite believe it, we’d all spent months in a daze whilst he was in hospital.
“People are being really supportive of Matthew’s run even people who don’t know us, we’re so grateful.”
The money raised will be split between Eckersley House at Leeds, Treetops house in Sheffield, The Neonatal Surgical Unit, critical care transport service Embrace, The Children’s Hospital Charity and Sheffield Hospitals Charity. To donate visit Matthew Gardner 82 mile run. to watch the video about Rhys’ recovery visit www.doncasterfreepress.co.uk