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"Lifeless" baby opens eyes for first time after being taken off life support

Oscar's parents were told he would live Credit: BPM Media

A baby's parents were told he would live "for minutes or maybe just seconds" after he was taken off life-support - but he amazed everyone by opening his eyes for the first time.

When Oscar Bedford was born he was lifeless and blue, and despite every effort the doctors made, there was no signs of bringing him back to life.

Removed from his incubator he was handed to his parents Greg and Chelsea, who took him to a special room at Leicester Royal Infirmary for bereaved parents to say their goodbyes.

Chelsea, 26, said: “They said that after taking him off the incubator he would live for minutes or maybe just seconds.”

Wanting her mum, Sally-Ann, to also meet her grandson, however briefly, Chelsea held Oscar to her chest and made a Facetime phone call that would prove to be life-changing.

However he amazed everyone by opening his eyes for the first time after being taken off life-support Credit: BPM Media

“She was in the middle of the Highcross when the call got through to her and as we were talking she saw Oscar open his eyes and she just screamed."

“His eyes were open for the first time and it was so surreal – it felt like a dream."

“I sat on the bed and shook my head like people do in films. It was amazing – the best feeling in the world – but I had to pinch myself.”

– Chelsea, Oscar's mum

The doctors then got Chelsea to give Oscar some of her own milk for the first time.

Oscar then was transferred to Rainbows Hospice in Loughborough but the doctors kept Chelsea from getting her hopes up too much.

She said: “He was on an end-of-life plan with orders not to resuscitate him - but after three days he was taken off the plan.”

Chelsea and Greg took Oscar back to their home in Hamilton, Leicester, and while it hasn’t been the easiest of times, they say Oscar is able to respond to them and smile and laugh.

“He’s 18 months old now and he’s like a baby aged under three months but he smiles and he laughs and he loves lights, despite being partially blind,” Chelsea said.

Oscar has a life-limiting form of epilepsy and it is unclear how long he will survive Credit: BPM Media

“He loves his trips to Rainbows – he enjoys hearing new voices and listening to music."

“He really likes being held and he babbles a lot.”

Oscar has a life-limiting form of epilepsy and it is unclear how long he will survive.

“He was in intensive care a month ago and we thought we were going to lose him."

“I don’t know how long I’m going to have with him but while he’s here I feel he should have everything – especially after all he’s been through."

– Chelsea, Oscar's mum

Chelsea and Greg are fundraising on GoFundMe to raise money for physiotherapy, which at the time of writing has passed their initial goal of £1,000 - and now has a goal of £2,000.

And Oscar will also be getting a little sister soon.

Chelsea said: “He’s going to really enjoy having a little sister."

“He’s a bit of a sadist and always laughs at the sound of other babies crying! “I’m dreading it, having to look after both of them, but he is going to love it.”

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His parents are fundraising on to raise money for physiotherapy for Oscar Credit: BPM Media