A premature baby who was given just a 5% chance of survival when he was born four months early has celebrated his first birthday.
Dexter Hyatt made an early appearance at just 23 weeks on August 7 last year, weighing a tiny 1lb 3oz, and doctors feared he may not pull through.
But after spending the first four months of his life at both John Radcliffe and Stoke Mandeville Hospitals, the tiny tot proved them all wrong and has grown into a cheeky chappy – much to the joy of his parents, Mark and Nina.
The couple, of Mitcham Walk, Aylesbury, held a big birthday party for their son at Quarrendon and Meadowcroft Community Centre on Saturday to mark the milestone they were told might never come.
The day was especially poignant as the pair had already gone through the heartbreak of losing their premature daughter Lucy in November 2013.
Nina, 38, said: “We never thought this day would be possible. Dexter has gone from 1lb to 14lb, and from being told he might not do anything to hitting his milestones.
“Every day we look at him and we are so grateful that this time last year someone was watching over us and decided that we had endured enough pain, and that I would indeed give birth to the strongest boy in the world.”
Nina – who is also mum to Courtney, 18 – and Mark thanked the nurses who cared for their son, calling them ‘amazing’.
Despite battling blood transfusions, a hernia and several infections, the one-year-old is now making great progress.
He has been signed off with normal sight and hearing, and is able to sit unaided, pull himself up and walk while holding his parents’ hands – something doctors said he would not be doing until much later.
And while he still sees a physiotherapist and nutritionist, Dexter has a healthy appetite and enjoys tucking into pizza, garlic bread and mild Korma curry.
She said: “He’s got a very sweet tooth – he loves cake and strawberry milkshake!”
Search ‘Dexter Logan Hyatt’ on Facebook to follow the youngster’s progress.