Brain-injured infant defies all the odds
A baby in hospital with catastrophic head injuries is a “little fighter” who is breathing on his own but the extent of his brain damage is still unclear.
The baby’s great-aunt Cheyenne Taylor said relatives of Nathaniel were focused on his sweet face and praying for the best after being warned he was unlikely to survive when he was flown to Princess Margaret Hospital from Narrogin more than two weeks ago.
“He was on a ventilator, a feeding tube,” she said.
“It was very shocking at first to see a ventilator, especially on such a little baby.
“We were actually told that they didn’t think he would make it and if he did he’d be a vegetable.
“That was pretty tough because what sort of quality of life would he have like that.
“The word we just kept hearing over and over was ‘catastrophic’.”
The infant’s family expected the worst when doctors switched off the ventilator on Saturday morning, his distraught mother holding him and prepared to say goodbye.
But he kept breathing on his own, Ms Taylor said.
“He’s such a little fighter, such a strong little boy,” she said.
“Now we’ve started to see real improvements.
“He’s moved his hands and his feet and when you undress him, he’ll cry.
“He does open his eyes and he loves cuddles.
“They’re little signs that give us hope.”
Ms Taylor said doctors had told them it could be several months before they had a long-term prognosis.
No charges have been laid.