Mother, 18, reveals how her one-month-old baby was 'days from death'

A one-month-old baby nearly starved to death due to a condition that caused him to repeatedly projectile vomit.

Jamie Jones, now three months, was given less than a week to live when he became unable to keep anything down. 

His mother Amiee Byron, 18, took her son to the GP, only to be told he was suffering from 'normal' reflux and indigestion, and she should 'stop babying him'.

It was not until the newborn became 'thin and fragile', that a midwife suspected he may have pyloric stenosis, which occurs when the tube that takes food from the stomach to the small intestine is too narrow.

After not eating properly since January 23, Jamie, of Fareham, Hampshire, was a few days from death when he went under the knife to widen his digestive tube on February 15. 

Just days later, Jamie was a 'whole new baby', and is now 'nice and chunky'. It is unclear how much he weighs. 

Jamie Jones nearly starved to death due to a condition that causes newborns to projectile vomit. He is pictured at less than two months old at the Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital in Brighton after surgery to widen his digestive tube, which was narrow due to pyloric stenosis

Jamie Jones nearly starved to death due to a condition that causes newborns to projectile vomit. He is pictured at less than two months old at the Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital in Brighton after surgery to widen his digestive tube, which was narrow due to pyloric stenosis

Now three months old, Jamie went from being 'thin and fragile' to 'nice and chunky' (pictured)

Now three months old, Jamie went from being 'thin and fragile' to 'nice and chunky' (pictured)

Jamie's parents Aimee Byron and Will Jones (pictured together after the ordeal) were told their son was just 'days from death' when he was operated on. The couple had taken their newborn to '12 medics over three weeks', who dismissed his symptoms as reflux or indigestion

Jamie's parents Aimee Byron and Will Jones (pictured together after the ordeal) were told their son was just 'days from death' when he was operated on. The couple had taken their newborn to '12 medics over three weeks', who dismissed his symptoms as reflux or indigestion

Speaking of her son's condition, Miss Byron said: 'He was a couple of days away from dying when he had the operation.

'If he'd have been left another week he probably wouldn't be here now. It was awful to hear that. I thought we could lose him.

'Jamie was dying of starvation. He was so weak and so young and his body would have just given up.

Jamie weighed a healthy 7lb 3oz when he was born on January 23 at the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth. 

With no obvious health problems, the newborn and his parents went home just a couple of days later.  

However, it soon became clear Jamie was not feeding well and would vomit after almost every mouthful of milk, which he was fed from a bottle.   

By three weeks old, Jamie's weight had fallen to 6lb 8oz. Miss Byron claims Jamie was seen by 12 medics over three weeks, who dismissed his symptoms as nothing serious.

Her GP even insisted reflux is 'normal' in newborns and she should 'stop babying him'. However, Miss Byron knew something was seriously wrong. 

'I could see he was losing weight and he just couldn't keep food down,' she said. 'He seemed in pain and should have been gaining weight, not losing it.

'All the clothes we bought him didn't fit anymore. The weight was dropping off him.

'I was scared stiff thinking '"what on earth is wrong?". I wondered if it was something I was doing wrong.'

Jamie is pictured in hospital on February 15 after keyhole surgery through his bellybutton to relieve the tightened muscles that were narrowing his digestive system

Jamie weighed a healthy 7lb 3oz when he was born (pictured with his parents) on January 23

Jamie is pictured left in hospital on February 15 after keyhole surgery through his bellybutton to relieve the tightened muscles that were narrowing his digestive system. Jamie weighed a healthy 7lb 3oz when he was born (pictured right with his parents) on January 23

Jamie continued vomiting despite being given heartburn and indigestion medication. By February 10, the youngster had lost more than 5oz. 

Miss Byron recalls one incident where she was on a walk with Jamie and his father Will Jones, 21. 'There was so much vomit,' she said. 'It filled the whole pram and completely soaked everything. 

'It wasn't nice at all and was quite scary.

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