A “miracle” baby was brought back to life after being born clinically dead, it emerged today.
It took doctors eight minutes to resuscitate Oscar Rose after he was born with no heartbeat.
The baby was transferred to intensive care for nine days – and staff at York Hospital were astounded that he survived with no adverse effects.
His mother Lucy Allen, 38, was rushed into theatre for an emergency caesarean when doctors discovered that the baby’s organ systems had started to shut down in the womb.
She and her partner Stephen Rose were told to expect some brain damage and that Oscar would probably have problems with movement and mobility.
But after an MRI scan had been carried out, the proud parents found that the results were normal.
“He’s now had his EEG (a brain scan) as well, and they’re both normal,” Ms Allen told the York Press. “Even the consultants couldn’t believe it. He’s our miracle baby.”
“When we called him Oscar, the nurses kept saying the name was perfect because he deserved an Oscar for his performance getting here.”
The healthy tot is now nearly five weeks old and back home with his family in Fulford, York.
Michael Proctor, deputy chief executive of the York Hospital Trust, said doctors had been amazed at the baby’s recovery.
“It is a wonderful story and a testament to our staff who used all their skills to bring about such a wonderful outcome,” he said.