A BABY boy born 10 weeks premature and without any SKIN has defied the odds to go home with his mum and dad.
Kaiden Shattock arrived with a mystery condition which left him looking like a “piece of uncooked meat”.
The tot was born without a top layer of skin – meaning he could not be held by proud parents Jessica Kibbler and Jake Shattock, both 20, for 10 days.
Kaiden, weighing 2lb 7oz, was in such a state that even the maternity nurses had to leave the ward to break down in tears.
Jessica, from Leamington Spa, Warks, told the Daily Star: “When the nurses took us into the room to introduce us to Kaiden for the first time he was red raw, like a piece of uncooked meat.
“Jake and I cried, but even the nurses left the room and cried their eyes out because they didn’t know what to say to us, and didn’t know how else to help him.”
when the nurses took us into the room to introduce us to Kaiden for the first time he was red raw, like a piece of uncooked meat.
Doctors warned the young couple that their new bundle of joy probably “wouldn’t survive”.
But Kaiden was placed on a series of medication while staff worked to reduce the tot's pain – with the only skin he had left on his face.
His condition was caused by a kidney complication Jessica suffered during her pregnancy called hydronephrosis.
The young mum also suffered bleeding before going into labour at Nottingham City Hospital, on November 24.
After six painful weeks, Kaiden started to grow skin but it was still too risky to put him in clothes.
But earlier this month he had his first ever skin graft and will have a further four operations over the next year, the Star reports.
Little trooper Kaiden has not had an easy start to life fighting sepsis, necrotising enterocolitis, congential herpes, dermolysis and bronchiolitis.
He’s been back to hospital six times and was also diagnosed with a hearing impairment in both his ears.
But his mum said the little lad is still a joy to be around.
She added: “He’s got the loveliest smile and the prettiest laugh if you get him going. Kaiden means the world to us and we don’t think we could be happier.”
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