Doctors baffled over brave Peterborough boy’s rare condition

On the mend -  Leland Newhall in hospital.
On the mend - Leland Newhall in hospital.
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A Peterborough baby boy who was born prematurely with a condition which normally only affects females is set to leave intensive care following his mum’s life-threatening pregnancy.

Battling tot Leland Newhall, who has Turner’s Syndrome, should have left Peterborough City Hospital two weeks ago , but his heart dramatically stopped and further life-saving care was needed.

His mum Melissa Hardy (31) has visited the hospital every day for the past nine weeks.

She admits it will be a dream come true to get her son home to Orton Goldhay if doctors consent next 
week.

Leland might be the only boy in the country with the genetic condition which according to the NHS website only affects females.

Doctors at the Bretton-based hospital say they have never seen a boy with Turner’s Syndrome before.

Melissa and her daughters Julietta (5) and Lucyanna (3) also have the condition which can cause problems such as a lack of growth and behavioural difficulties.

Melissa was at Northampton General Hospital 28 weeks into her pregnancy when her water suddenly broke.

A scan showed Leland was being born feet first so Melissa was rushed into surgery where she underwent a caesarean section.

Melissa was aware that it was a dangerous situation for herself and the baby.

Fortunately, the birth was a success but Leland has needed continual care since being transferred to Peterborough City Hospital to be nearer his family.

The tiny tot, who weighed less than a bag of sugar, required oxygen and later needed a blood transfusion.

Leland will continue to need oxygen when he leaves hospital, but despite the uncertainty over his long-term future Melissa is desperate just to get her son home for the first time.

She said: “He gives us joy and he never cries. He’s always looking at my eyes.

“Bringing him home will be a dream come true.

“It will be a family celebration.”

How Turner’s Syndrome affects people

Turner’s Syndrome is a genetic condition which affects females.

It is caused by an abnormal sex chromosome and affects about one in every 2,000 baby girls.

Symptoms vary but some girls can have growth problems and behavioural difficulties such as concentrating and spatial awareness.

Children can also have speaking problems.

The condition has no cure but people with it can lead a relatively normal life.