Baby Awakes From A Coma And Smiles At His Dad, Family Raising Money For Life-Saving Treatment

A little baby boy who was in a coma for five days woke up and smiled at his daddy!

Emma and Stuart Labuschagne said that on March 16 they had one of the worst days of their lives. They had noticed that their 14 month old son, Michael, had stopped breathing. Michael had suffered cardiac arrest. They called the ambulance and the paramedics arrived and they shocked him with a defibrillator and injected him with adrenaline to stabilize his heartbeat.  When Michael arrived at the hospital, the doctors put him in a medically induced coma to protect his brain from further damage.

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After five days, Michael woke up from his coma and he immediately saw his daddy and he recognized him and smiled. "It's a moment I will cherish with every inch of my heart," Emma Labuschagne, Michael's mother, told CNN. "To be really honest, it's got to be the happiest moment of my life. He is a living miracle, and we have never felt prouder of him." The couple was then informed about Michael's condition.


The Labuschagnes, who have two other sons and live in the United Kingdom, learned Michael has a cardiac fibroma -- a tumor that can block blood flow to a child's heart. Michael's tumor is 5 centimeters, or about 2 inches, wide. The couple was told that they could either wait for a heart transplant or to leave the country and look for somebody who could do the surgery. The doctors told them that nobody in the United Kingdom was capable of the surgery because it was so rare. The Labuschagnes found a doctor in Boston. "We researched the hospital and specifically the cardiac surgeons, Dr. (Pedro) del Nido and Dr. (Tal) Geva," Emma told CNN. "They have a 100% success rate and an exceptional reputation. From this moment we knew that we had to try and make this journey."

The couple received the estimate for the surgery and it came to  $147,000. That estimate does not include any travel expenses, loss of work and recovery costs. The couple wanted to raise money to help with the costs of the surgery. "When we received a response from Boston confirming that he would be a good candidate for surgery, it did not matter what the cost was," said Emma. "We would pay any amount of money to save our child's life." They have created a GoFundMe to see if anybody can help. Emma said that they have been been very grateful for the people who have donated thus far. Their goal was £120,000 and they have received £170,122 (approximately $218,000 USD). They are so thankful for the generosity of the people who have donated around the world.

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