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Thursday, December 12, 2013
After her son was in hospital for six months because he was born 14 weeks premature, mother Leah did not expect him to grow up to be a motocross rider.
But now there is nothing more that five-year-old Ashtyn Cole, from Stowmarket, enjoys doing.
Miss Thompson, 22, feared for the worst when she had to be airlifted to a hospital in Kent which had the necessary facilities to deal with the emergency.
“He was really ill when he was born,” she said.
“It was really emotional – they did not know where he was going to survive. He was in neonatal intensive care for six months with lots of wires, he did stop breathing a couple of times and had blood transfusions. But he did start to get better and he was moved to the Bury St Edmunds’ hospital.
“I could only see him two-to-three times a week when he was in Kent which upset me – he was there for three or four months. Then when he was at West Suffolk Hospital I went to see him every day and stayed with him until I had to leave at night.”
That was not the end for Ashtyn because when he was only one, he contracted swine flu which forced him back into hospital for a further two months.
But now the Chilton Community Primary School student, who lives in Kent Road, is doing well and is hoping to compete in junior motocross races when he turns six.
“Riding makes him really happy and he likes to tell his teachers and family how he is doing,” Miss Thompson said.
“Because he has obviously been ill when he was a young boy he has no fear which is a bit scary. He is a boisterous boy, like any boy at that age, he can get excitable. He is a bubbly five-year-old boy.”
Miss Thompson said Ashtyn’s interest in the sport came from her partner Henry Gellatly, 24, who has a passion for motocross.
Ashtyn, who goes to Wildtracks, near Newmarket, to ride motocross wants to grow up to be a professional rider.