Expectant mum, Samantha was shocked to be told that her baby had a heart defect at her routine 23 week scan. A second scan revealed that the baby’s heart-rate was plummeting and doctors made the decision to deliver her daughter by emergency cesarean at 36 weeks.
They quickly realised that little Tiger-Jade was very unwell and was unable to breathe unassisted. She was placed on a ventilator and following a lumbar puncture, was diagnosed with viral meningitis.
Tiger-Jade’s doctors warned her parents that she might not survive more than a few days. In an interview with The Sun, Tiger’s mum, Samantha said:
“I had heard of meningitis, but you don't think it will happen to you."
“It was scary, because we didn't know what was going to happen."
“You just think, "Oh God, she's going to die.'''
However, Tiger-Jade fought back and after being treated for three weeks, she was given the all clear for meningitis. Although she continues to have health complications connected to her heart condition, and remains in Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Tiger-Jade is now a happy six month old, and her parents hope that she will be able to come home by the end of the year.
It is not known how Tiger-Jade contracted the disease, but it is thought that she was born with viral meningitis.
The family has managed to cope with the ordeal by staying close and supporting one another.
Samantha said: “She's here, and that's all that matters.”
Tiger-Jade’s family are fundraising for a holiday together once she has been discharged, to support them click here.