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North East's youngest transplant patient's joy over 'miracle baby'

Jennifer, Nathan and baby Ayla. Photo: NCJ Media

The North East’s youngest liver transplant patient has welcomed a ‘miracle baby’.

Nathan Potts has defied the odds since he was born.

At the age of one, Nathan received a liver transplant, and just six months later had to undergo a second one after his body rejected the organ.

The 27-year-old, from Cramlington, Northumberland, has faced further life-saving operations and takes dozens of tablets a day.

Due to the quantity and variety of drugs he has been taken, Nathan was told by doctors it was unlikely he could have children.

But like he has lived his life, Nathan proved doctors wrong.

Nathan, and his partner Jennifer Fox, 30, who now live in York, are proud parents to baby Ayla.

“We both just agreed we would love to have a baby and decided to try, and within a few months we found out. When Jenny took the test we were absolutely elated. It was amazing finding out. There’s been a lot of things I’ve just been told I can’t do, that I won’t be able to, but I’ve done them anyway. The consultant told me there was quite a high possibility I couldn’t have children but didn’t say I definitely couldn’t.”

– Nathan Potts

Nathan said there were also fears there may be medical complication for the baby due to his history.

On Friday, the couple welcomed their baby girl into the world.

“When she was born it was the most amazing thing."

– Nathan Potts

At just six weeks old Nathan was rushed to hospital by his mum.

Doctors discovered he had a condition which meant his bile duct and liver were not properly connected and he was slowly being poisoned.

His family were told he would need a liver transplant but finding a liver that small would be nearly impossible.

His family’s prayers were answered and he had his first liver transplant in 1991.

But it was unsuccessful and their prayers were answered again when Nathan was given a transplant six months later.

He has spent most of his life in and out of hospital and this was at the back of his mind before the birth of his little girl, who was born by caesarean due to being breached.

And when Ayle was born the first person she was her Nathan, who also cut the umbilical cord.

Now Nathan, who runs his own digital marketing business, said that looking back over what he’s achieved he is full of “self-pride” but is focusing on the future.

And, no one could be happier for Nathan than his mum, Jennifer.

“I can’t believe that for everything Nathan has gone through, he has been rewarded with a child. If anyone said ‘You can’t’ to Nathan, he would go out and prove them wrong. I am over the moon for him. If anyone deserves it, Nathan does.”

– Jennifer Fox