Lucky to be alive – Sunderland boy starts school after battling for survival

Aaron Reay, of Leechmere Road, Sunderland, who almost died as a baby after suffering from pulmanory hypertension and a collapsed lung starts his first day at school.

Aaron Reay, of Leechmere Road, Sunderland, who almost died as a baby after suffering from pulmanory hypertension and a collapsed lung starts his first day at school.

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IT’S a moment his mum and dad never thought they would see.

Aaron Walton faced a fight for life when he was born four years ago, but now the happy youngster is enjoying his first days at school.

Aaron Walton suffered from pulmonary hypertension and a collpased lung when he was born.

Aaron Walton suffered from pulmonary hypertension and a collpased lung when he was born.

The tot had pulmonary hypertension and a collapsed lung when he was born in 2008 and doctors were unsure whether the little fighter would make it.

His mum Jean Reay said it was a nightmare for the family.

The 31-year-old, from Grangetown, said: “I had a normal pregnancy and a planned C-Section, but when he was five hours old, I noticed his breathing was funny.”

Aaron spent three days at the neo-natal unit, at Sunderland Royal, before being transferred to the Freeman Hospital, in Newcastle.

Jean, who is also mum to 10-year-old Callum and eight-year-old Mathew, said: “We would ask the doctors if he was going to make it and they said they didn’t know. He was a very poorly boy.”

Aaron was treated with a chest drain and narrowly avoided having to undergo extracorporeal membrane oxygenation treatment.

But after two weeks on a ventilator, he was finally given the all-clear, to the relief of Jean and Aaron’s dad, Rob.

Jean said: “We took him home shortly after that and he has been fine ever since.

“The only sign that there was anything ever wrong with him is a tiny scar on his chest.

Now, four years later, Aaron is a happy, healthy boy, who is enjoying his first days at Grangetown Primary School.

Jean said: “He is very out-going and friendly. He loves to chat and he loves animals.

“He is a kind-hearted little boy.”

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