A toddler in England battling lung cancer was about to be removed from life support when he suddenly “rose from the dead” earlier this year, according to his parents. And perhaps even more remarkable: the child recovered and later went home.
This all unfolded after Dylan Askin, 3, was diagnosed with pulmonary langerhans cell histiocytosis, a rare form of lung cancer, and reportedly experienced organ failure as a result. But just as doctors were about to remove the toddler from life support, his parents — Kerry and Mike — noticed he was moving around.
Realizing this as a sign their son had brain activity after all, they alerted physicians, according to the Telegraph.
Dylan was kept on life support and was remarkably sent home just a few weeks later — something that apparently shocked his family and doctors alike, as Kerry told the Telegraph she and her husband had baptized their son and said their final goodbyes.
Doctors then turned off muscle sedatives to prepare for the ventilator to be removed, and that’s when the stunning moment unfolded.
“But when they did that suddenly he started struggling in his bed. We thought he was brain dead from oxygen starvation, so he shouldn’t have been moving,” she said. “Then the consultant rushed in and said his blood tests showed his organs weren’t failing. We were trying not to be hopeful, but we just sat by him and hoped and over the weekend he got stronger and stronger.”
Kerry said her six-year-old son Bryce compared his little brother to Jesus when he learned that the boy was getting healthier after previously being told his brother wouldn’t be coming home.
“I said, ‘you’re not wrong’. He had just risen from the dead,” Kerry told the Telegraph.
After a series of very serious setbacks that almost claimed his life earlier this year, Dylan is back home and being monitored, with Kerry calling his survival a “miracle,” especially considering that he has no long-term problems as a result of lung and oxygen issues relating to the pulmonary langerhans cell histiocytosis.
And Mike, too, has been profoundly encouraged by what’s unfolded, telling the Telegraph that the family is monitoring Dylan for infections and continuing to treat the cysts on his lungs. For now, the family is filled with hope.
“We just felt so awful when we had to say our goodbyes. And even when he recovered it was mixed feelings — I felt guilty about agreeing to turn off the machine,” Mike said. “When the doctor came rushing in with his blood test I just looked at Kerry straight away and this wave of hope came flowing back.”
Read more about Dylan’s remarkable recovery here.
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