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‘IF HE CAN HELP SAVE A LIFE, THEN HIS WAS’NT IN VAIN’ Brave parents reveal why they allowed the heart-wrenching death of their baby son to be broadcast on Channel 4 show

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BRAVE parents have told how they let Channel 4 film their baby son’s heartbreaking final moments in the hope the tragic scenes could help save another child’s life, The Sun reports. Adam and Serena, who featured on last night’s emotional episode of Inside Birmingham Children’s Hospital, rushed nine-month-old Leyton to A&E after he choked on a piece of plastic.

the tot had stopped breathing and it quickly emerged his heart had also stopped. Adam dialled 999 and was instructed by the call handler to start chest compressions on his son.Leyton’s family receive devastating news on Inside Birmingham Children Viewers watched with baited breath as doctors at the hospital later managed to get the little boy’s heart beating again and he was put in an induced coma to recover.

But a couple of days later when they tried to wake Leyton, he failed to respond. His anxious parents were then subjected to a harrowing wait for news as medics carried out tests. Tragically, Leyton’s MRI scan showed abnormalities and he died three days later – all of which was caught on camera.

Speaking about why they decided to take part in the documentary, Serena said they wanted to thank the hospital for everything they did for their son and make other parents aware of choking hazards. She told Birmingham Mail: “Adam and I were approached about being filmed very soon after Leyton arrived at the hospital.

“It was all a bit of a blur at the time but we were re assured we were under no obligation to go ahead if we changed our minds at any point. “We didn’t expect to want to continue in the event of losing our beautiful boy. “But once it became clear that Leyton wasn’t going to get any better, we both felt an overwhelming sense of wanting to do something to raise awareness.

“All parents know the dangers of choking, but even when you think you’ve done all you can to protect your baby, accidents can always happen. “We both decided to share our story for a few different reasons.

“In memory of our son who put up such a brave battle, to show people just how incredible the staff and facilities are at Birmingham Children’s Hospital and more than anything, if by watching this programme it makes parents even more aware of hazards, and saves just one little life and another family going through what we did and will continue to struggle with for the rest of our lives, then his life wasn’t in vain.”

The episode also shows the work that goes on within the hospital’s play therapy department, as Leyton’s big brother Cooper gets help from experts while he is relaxed and occupied to help him come to terms with what’s going on.

Still hopeful Leyton would make a recovery, Serena explained: “I don’t want him to have a fear of hospitals, so for him to have the opportunity to go off and speak and play is remarkable.” Once his younger brother passed away, Cooper also gets help.

Speaking about coming to terms with the trauma of losing her son, Serena said: “It’s almost like you don’t feel like you. There’s that emptiness. It consumes your whole body. It’s a strange feeling. “If anybody was put in this situation you would just deal with it, you have to.

“We’ve got Cooper. He’s a hero, he’s saved us. “Adam and I are stronger than ever. If we can survive this, we can survive anything. “I’ve lost the most precious thing you could lose but we still have life.” Adam added: “Just think of the good times with Leyton, that’s how I get through it. Just think of his smiley little face.”

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