Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Battler Ryan Defies Odds

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Battler Ryan Defies Odds

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Byline: James Johnston

A mum has spoken of her love for her severely brain-damaged son who survived a traumatic birth against the odds.

Gemma Elsdon's boy Ryan, two, was born with severe brain damage and is partially sighted. Doctors believed Ryan would not survive but the little battler proved them wrong.

Gemma, 20, dedicates her life to looking after Ryan with the help of partner Ian Jones. Tragedy struck during her pregnancy when Ryan became infected with herpes. Medical staff did not initially know why Ryan was so ill. Gemma said: "He was six weeks early. My waters broke and it took 36 hours to deliver him.

"He had problems breathing. Three weeks after that he was getting no better so they did brain scans and found out he had brain damage. They told us he wasn't going to live. We just thank God that he is still with us."

Gemma, of Fransham Road, Pallister Park, Middlesbrough, said looking after Ryan is not easy and she is grateful for the respite care provided by Zoe's Place Hospice in Normanby. …

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