Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Hayden's Been through So Much but He's Still Smiling; Mum's So Proud of Her Boy

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Hayden's Been through So Much but He's Still Smiling; Mum's So Proud of Her Boy

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Byline: CHRIS HOLE

LITTLE Hayden Maloney has every reason to smile after defying the odds - and medics.

The brave six-year-old, from Eston, has fought off everything life has thrown at him since birth.

Hayden was born with a blood clot in his shoulder and later suffered two seizures due to a further clot in his brain.

He also developed neonatal gangrene and even fought off MRSA.

Doctors had warned mum Sarah Maloney that he was likely to be left severely disabled.

But he has baffled everyone with his determination and spirit.

"He is a little fighter," said proud mum Sarah, 25.

"Nothing has stopped him and he never stops smiling. It was all very scary but he came through it in the end.

"No one can believe how far he has come."

Hayden's problems started immediately after he was born, weighing 8lbs 9oz.

Sarah said: "He had no circulation to his hands and he ended up in theatre for six hours with them trying to find out what was wrong.

"They found a clot in his shoulder which had cut off the circulation. Within two hours he was in theatre."

The problems didn't stop there - and in the early hours of the next day he took a turn for the worst.

"He had two seizures and then they found another big clot in his brain," said Sarah, who also has a four-year-old daughter named Faith.

"For a child as young as he was to have a stroke was very strange.

"He was given medication which helped the clot go down. He then fought off MRSA and was in isolation for a couple of weeks.

"He was eventually allowed home six weeks after he was born."

Hayden also developed neonatal gangrene and lost a couple of fingertips.

Due to Hayden's illnesses, Sarah was not even allowed to hold her son until 12 days after his birth.

He ended up spending six weeks in the neonatal unit at James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough. …

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