Meet little Joshua! We first met him at his ‘newborn’ session when he was 27 days new… very slightly older than our usual tiny clients… He was so well behaved for his photoshoot, and just loved being posed on his tummy, he was so comfortable and settled we had plenty of time to achieve some stunning images of this amazing little miracle baby. Because Joshua’s story is so much more than his beautiful photo’s suggest.
Joshua was born 2 weeks early after his Mum was induced due to to a complication of pregnancy called choleostasis. His birth though was relatively straightforward and apart from having a lot of mucus around his mouth (which isn’t unusual for newborn babies) he seemed fine. But a few short hours later, after he had struggled to feed, and his Mum, extremely concerned, had asked a nurse for help, it was discovered he was very poorly. Joshua was examined, and after an x-ray, was diagnosed with Tracheo-Oesophageal Fistula (TOF). This is a rare congenital condition where the Baby’s oesophagus is connected directly to the lungs rather than the stomach.
Joshua and his parents were transferred by ambulance to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool where a few short hours later, at barely 24 hours old, Joshua underwent emergency surgery to connect his oesophagus to his stomach. He was kept in intensive care at Alder Hey for several days, while his parents stayed close by in Ronald McDonald House. After another couple of weeks in hospital, Joshua was allowed home on what would have been his due date!
Less than 4 weeks after this gorgeous little one had undergone invasive surgery, he was posing for his newborn session like any other normal baby boy. Apart from a tiny scar under his arm, we would never have guessed what he had been through! This amazing little family are happy to share their story to help raise awareness of this rare condition, and to also give credit to the amazing staff at Alder Hey and Ronald McDonald house who supported them through these difficult few weeks. We think this family are incredible, none more so than brave little Joshua♥♥