“HE is a miracle child.”
The mum of a three-year-old boy who suffered a stroke just days before he was born was over the moon after she watched him go to nursery.
Liam Maule was delivered six weeks early in August 2009 after his mum Rosie went for a routine check up and midwives could not find a heartbeat.
Rosie, 34, was taken to Great Western Hospital and while twin sister Laura was delivered healthily, Liam had complications which later came to light as being severe internal bleeding of the brain.
Rosie and husband Jason, 37, were told that as a result of the stroke Liam suffered in the womb, it was likely he would be unable to see and he could have problems walking and speaking.
“I had no concerns when I was pregnant, as far as I was concerned I was having healthy twins,” Rosie said.
“I had a routine checkup and they couldn’t pick up a heartbeat so I was taken to GWH that day.
“Laura was delivered fine but Liam was distressed, he didn’t come out crying and needed help breathing.
“That made me panic.”
After he was born Rosie noticed that Liam’s thumbs were stuck into his hand and a CAT scan revealed that Liam had suffered a stroke and he had fluid, that would normally drain away, making his head swell.
Liam suffered a second stroke five weeks later and things were so bad at one point doctors told Rosie that she should think about Liam’s quality of life.
But Liam showed strength and spirit to battle on and despite still suffering 14 serious health conditions – including epilepsy, blindness, cerebral palsy and a liver problem – he was allowed to go home.
At that point Rosie, of Copse Avenue, who has three other children, was not sure how long Liam would live and never dreamt that she would see the day he went to Coleview Preschool.
Rosie said: “My biggest fear was that he wouldn’t be able to walk, no mother wants their child not to be able to walk.
“He took his first steps this summer and I was really pleased.
“With having twins, I didn’t want Liam to take the limelight away from Laura. He is special but Laura needs attention just as much as Liam.
“She has been brilliant though and I think she was the biggest tool in helping Liam to walk. He saw her and said I want to be doing that.
“The whole family have been brilliant and supportive I couldn’t have done it without them or Liam’s Godmother.”
When Rosie got out of hospital she said she was desperate for information about Liam’s conditions and felt there was not enough out there, so as a result she has set up a campaign group.
Her Facebook group Eye Love Liam documents every step that she has taken with Liam, good and bad, and she hopes it will help other parents who find themselves in similar positions.
“I used the internet and found children with similar conditions to Liam but they didn’t show how they progressed to the stage they were at,” she said.
“I wanted to see step by step and that is what I have done. I have documented everything Liam has been through – the good days and the bad.
“If I can help in any way and there are other parents in a similar position, then I hope they find this site and see step by step and understand you will know and you don’t have to be scared.
“Liam is a constant inspiration to me.”
The group can be found by visiting Facebook and searching for the Eye Love Liam Group.