Coronavirus almost killed a newborn boy — by mirroring the
exact symptoms of a life-threatening heart defect. Mum Sadie Lovell, 35, spent
days fearing Thomas could become the UK’s youngest victim of the killer virus.
His vital signs crashed and he was resuscitated 13 times
despite being put on a ventilator and anti-viral drugs. Coronavirus had been
playing a cruel trick. Thomas had Covid but it wasn’t killing him — a
congenital heart defect producing exactly the same symptoms was doing the real
Baby forced to fight for his lives under strong medical
supervision.Little Thomas was hooked up to machines monitoring his oxygen,
heart rate and blood pressure.
Little Thomas is
fighting for his life
At least 13 occasions parents through special window could
watched how theirs baby Thomas’s life vital drop so badly that doctors rushed
in to save him.
The baby's parents were ready for everything ... After
keeping him alive for six days, it was only then that doctors suspected some
kind of heart condition, so he was transferred to a children's hospital.
A cardiologist quickly carried out a heart echo and
diagnosed Thomas with TAPVR - a rare condition where oxygen-rich blood from the
lungs does not flow to the correct place, limiting the oxygen delivered to the
rest of the body.
The very next day, at four weeks old, Thomas was booked in
for open heart surgery with the surgeon explaining the procedure. The heart
surgery was over in less than five hours and it was successful.