An infant dubbed a miracle baby by doctors is ready to return home after surviving a battle with pertussis, also known as whooping cough.
William Shottenkirks family joined doctors from Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland to talk about the 6-month-old's recovery Tuesday.
William was almost 2 months old when he came down with pertussis, a disease that doctors said is fatal for one in 100 babies younger than a year.
Williams grandfather said he brought the infant to a doctor after he noticed the boy coughing, but the doctor said it was just a cold.
Three days later, William stopped breathing and his grandfather had to resuscitate him seven times before paramedics arrived, according to the family.
Doctors first placed the child on a breathing machine and then put him on continuous heart and lung bypass.
Four months later, William finally fought off the illness.
Shiela Shottenkirk, the babys mother, asked other families to be wary of illness in children.
Watch out in case your child gets sick, no matter what. Even if they can't get help from the doctors, take them into the hospital and at least have them run the test, she said.
Doctors said the following are symptoms of pertussis:
- Persistent cough
- Frequent coughing that lasts for minutes
- In between coughs, the child takes deep inhales that have a whooping sound
- The child may vomit after coughing