Dad's praise after baby's life saved

A GRATEFUL father has told how medical staff twice brought his baby back from the brink of death after a mercy dash to West Suffolk Hospital.

A GRATEFUL father has told how medical staff twice brought his baby back from the brink of death after a mercy dash to West Suffolk Hospital.

Five-week-old Ethan Griggs, of Great Cornard, is due to undergo an operation today to remove the enlarged muscle from his stomach which nearly claimed his life at the weekend.

His father Mark, 40, said Ethan had been taken to the village doctor's surgery on September 24 because he was unable to keep his food down.

Mr Griggs' wife Kerry, 25, was told Ethan was probably having trouble making the transition from breast milk to formula. The problem with feeding continued and last Friday afternoon he was taken back to the surgery to be assessed again but took a turn for the worse a few hours later and began vomiting forcefully.

His parents took him to the accident and emergency department at West Suffolk Hospital and Mr Griggs, of Raydon Way, said they had only been at the hospital for around an hour when Ethan's breathing collapsed and he had to be resuscitated twice.

Mr Griggs said: “I really want to thank the medical staff for saving Ethan's life. We really appreciate their quick work. They were there in front of us trying to bring him back.

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“The nurses said if we had not taken him to the hospital there was a 99 per cent chance we would have found him dead in the morning.”

Ethan was eventually diagnosed with pyloric stenosis, a condition where tissue blocks the opening to the stomach. He has now been transferred to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge where he is due to have an operation today to correct the problem.