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£50,000 pledge is thanks for saving "miracle baby" Jobe Taylor-Davies
THE family of a one-year-old boy who has made a miraculous recovery after being kicked on the head by a horse have set a £50,000 fund-raising target to say “thank you” to the staff who saved his life.
Jobe Taylor-Davies was in a coma for three weeks following the accident that happened at his family’s farm in Brampton Abbotts, near Ross-on-Wye, last September.
The youngster – whose Godmother is Mindy Hammond, wife of Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond – was initially taken to Ross Community Hospital before being transferred to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
The damage to his brain was so great that his parents Ben and Helen feared the worst.
But Jobe has not only astonished them, but also medical staff who have labelled him a “miracle baby” for the remarkable progress he has made just five months after the accident.
He was allowed home just before Christmas and is currently learning to walk again with the help of a supporting walking frame.
Jobe is also having physio twice a week in Hereford as part of his recuperation.
Ben and Helen know that it will be a slow process before Jobe can walk unaided again, but they are just thankful that he is still alive and have set the wheels in motion to raise the £50,000 to go towards funding lifesaving equipment at the intensive care unit at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
A craft race is to be held at their farm on June 29, followed by a barn dance, while a fund-raising ball is in the pipeline for September.
“When we were in the ICU we got to know a lot of nurses and consultants and had conversations in the ‘little room’ that any parent would fear – the damage sustained to the brain was large and the swelling was huge,” said Ben.
“Later conversations that didn’t need to be in the ‘little room’ were more about the nurses and consultants rarely seeing their patients after they have made any type of recovery.
“I promised on that day we would visit the ICU ward whenever we could if Jobe became healthy enough to leave ICU – and eventually he was.
“On Christmas Eve, we took him back to visit the consultants, doctors and nurses and many a tear was shed.
“The head consultant even told us, ‘I don’t know if you believe in miracles, but Jobe is certainly a miracle’.
“Miracles don’t happen very often, least of all for the NHS which has a constant hard time, but in our time in Birmingham we saw some amazing sights of what the NHS provides and needs celebrating.”
For more information about the craft race and barn dance, call Ben Taylor-Davies on 07710 814475 or email email@example.com.