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e was born weighing
less than a bag of
sugar and smaller
than his father’s
But Jett Morris’s parents were
simply relieved he was alive,
having been told he would never
sur vive and they should abort
When his mother Mhairi’s
waters broke at just 20 weeks,
doctors advised the pregnancy
was “non-viable” — and
prepared her for a termination.
But she and husband Paul
defied doctors’ advice and
believe had it not been for their
determination, Jett — who is
thriving and recently celebrated
his first birthday — would not
be here today.
Jett was born prematurely at
25 weeks weighing just 1.4lb
(635g) — having sur vived for
five weeks in the womb after his
mother’s waters broke.
But his parents say that before
this, they were constantly
pressured by medics at East
Surrey Hospital to end the
They claim staff gave them just
five minutes to come to terms
with a termination.
However Mrs Morris refused
— c o n vinced her unborn baby
was healthy — and five weeks
later he was born.
The 34-year-old said: “ They
didn’t see him as a child yet, they
just called him a ‘non-viable
foetus’. It was cold and I was
“ I was in the early pregnancy
unit and no one from paediatrics
came to talk to me about my
“ But I’d just had a 20-week
scan and everything was perfect
and finding out it was a boy
made it very hard to accept a
“The doctor said, ‘You have
to have a termination because
there’s nothing we can do’.”
She added: “I understand
doctors have to tell you the
worst case scenario and be blunt,
but no two people on this Earth
are exactly the same and doctors
didn’t even give Jett a chance.
“ When he came back in and
Paul and I had talked we told
him I wouldn’t be going into
theatre and the doctor looked at
his watch and rolled his eyes at
me, as if I was wasting time.
“I said to Paul, ‘We have to get
out of here’.”
Mrs Morris suffered pre-
term premature rupture of
membranes — where the waters
break before the pregnancy
reaches full term.
She was later diagnosed with
placenta praevia — where the
placenta forms underneath the
baby and can cause bleeding and
She was told she was likely to
go into labour within 48 hours
and the baby would die.
But days later she still had not
given birth and was allowed
to go home to Crawley, West
Twelve days later she started
bleeding and was rushed to
But with the local trust only
equipped to deal with children
born after 28 weeks, the couple
had to travel 80 miles to a
hospital in Portsmouth.
Doctors there warned their
son could be brain damaged
and would probably die at birth
because his lungs would not be
However Jett defied the
odds and came out kicking
and wriggling on December 6,
2013 — and even let out a small
“squeak” before being rushed to
He suffered with chronic lung
disease and jaundice — which
he quickly recovered from after
his lungs and organs developed.
He was finally allowed home
on March 5 — almost three
weeks before his original due
date of March 24.
Though Jett has two small holes
in his heart it is not thought they
will ever cause a problem for
him and and he was taken off an
oxygen machine in May.
Mrs Morris, who runs a
children’s boutique with her
36-year-old husband, added:
“ We have a happy outcome but I
worry that other mothers could
have had an abortion when their
babies might have sur vived.
“ I was given such a bleak
outlook that I kept thinking ‘he’s
not supposed to be healthy’ and
was waiting for something to
happen, but it never did.”
She claims she was forced to
Google her options rather than
being given any by medics —
and now hopes her story will be
seen by other pregnant women
doing the same thing.
Surrey and Sussex Healthcare
NHS Trust ’s chief executive,
Michael Wilson, said staff were
working with Mrs Morris to
resolve her concerns about her
He said: “From June 2013,
while Mhairi was with us,
it ’s our opinion that she
received high quality clinical
care and was provided with
information about the range of
options available to her in her
circumstances, as well as having
these options discussed in detail.
“The team who cared for her
pulled out all stops to keep both
her and her child safe throughout
her high-risk pregnancy and
following this, we transferred
her to a more specialist hospital
so that she received the best
possible care for her condition.
“ We are delighted that over a
year on, both mother and son
are healthy and well. As a trust,
we strive to learn from all the
feedback we receive from our
patients to continually improve
our ser vice.
“ We have only very recently
learned of her concerns as no
complaints were raised earlier
— had they been, we would
have been in touch with her
directly and looked into what
had taken place.
“ We are now working closely
with her and her family to
understand what happened in
detail,” he said. — AP
Couple told to abort child
celebrate his first birthday
Jett ’s mother Mhairi Morris cuddles her son in hospital.
Britain’s politicians returned this week from
their Christmas break to launch campaigns
for what could be the closest election in
memory, with the rise of anti-Europeans
and Scottish nationalists creating uncertainty
unseen since the 1970s.
Britons who have seen two parties alternate
in power for generations could wake to find
no fewer than five parties vying for a role in a
coalition government after a May 7 election.
The trend that in 2010 saw neither Prime
Minister David Cameron’s Conser vatives nor
opposition Labour win an outright majority
in parliament for the first time since World
War Two has intensified, with polls showing
more than a third of voters now spurning the
two big parties.
“It’s a more complex world,” Gus O’Donnell,
a British lord and the country’s former top
civil ser vant, told Sky News.
“People should be ready for the fact that it
might take rather longer to form a government
than the five days last time,” O’Donnell, who
helped oversee talks in 2010 to form the first
coalition since the 1940s, bringing in the
centre-left Liberal Democrats in support of
Cameron’s Conser vatives, said.
Fast for ward five years and Cameron’s
right-leaning Conser vatives are divided over
Europe, while left-leaning Labour is beset by
doubts about the abilities of Ed Miliband, its
Cameron’s Liberal Democrat junior
partners have the biggest problems. They
have seen their support fall by two thirds,
with voters disillusioned by the party’s role in
a centre-right government. Many of their 56
seats in the House of Commons may be up
Meanwhile, 2014 saw the populist anti-EU
UK Independence Party (UKIP) surge into
first in elections for the European parliament
in Britain and win its first two seats in the
British parliament when Conser vatives
defected. Its rise mainly hurts Cameron,
though UKIP also courts working class
Labour voters worried about immigration.
The Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP),
despite losing a referendum on independence,
is on course to win dozens of Scottish seats
once thought safe for Labour. That clearly
The plights of both main leaders means
that whoever wins might need the support of
two other parties to form a government, and
the arrangement could prove so fragile that
Britain might need to hold another election
in short order.
Some pundits say Britain could even suffer
turbulence similar to the 1970s when power
changed hands three times via four national
elections and four prime ministers.
Cameron wants to fight the election on his
On his watch, Britain’s $2.8 trillion
economy has emerged from its deepest
downturn since World War Two to enjoy
one of the fastest growth rates of any major
While inflation has outpaced wages for
much of his five-year term in office and many
voters have struggled with rising food and
heating bills, the falling cost of oil has now
helped take inflation to a 12-year low.
The Conser vatives, also known as Tories,
portray Labour, which was in power during
the 2007-08 financial crisis, as the party that
“crashed the car” and should not be given the
On Monday, Chancellor of the Exchequer
(finance minister) George Osborne accused
Labour of planning to spend billions of
pounds more in its first year of office than is
sustainable. He cast the election as a choice
between “competence and chaos”.
“Don’t put our recovery at risk,” Osborne
told a news conference.
Labour’s Miliband accused Cameron of
presiding over a recovery that favoured the
wealthy at the expense of the poor and said
his party offered a fairer alternative.
Miliband wants to put the state of Britain’s
free National Health Ser vice (NHS) at
the heart of the election campaign, an
institution which Britons regard as one of
their crown jewels.
“This is nothing less than a once in a
generation fight about who our country
works for,” Miliband said.
“ It is a choice between a Tory plan where
only a few at the top can succeed and our
public ser vices are threatened. Or a Labour
plan that puts working people first, deals with
the deficit and protects our NHS.”
Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrat leader,
criticised both Labour and the Conser vatives,
saying only his party could anchor a future
coalition in the centre-ground and stop it
lurching either to the right or the left.
Britain’s future in the European Union
could also be at stake. Cameron is promising
to renegotiate Britain’s EU ties and hold
an in/out membership referendum by
2017 if re-elected. If Britons vote to leave,
nationalists in Scotland have made clear
they would be likely to push for a second
referendum on independence from the
The first opinion poll of 2015 showed the
parties broadly stuck where they have been
for months. The poll, by Opinium for the
Obser ver newspaper, had Labour barely
ahead on 33%, the Conser vatives on 32%,
UKIP on 17% and the Liberal Democrats on
Unlike most European countries with
proportional representation, Britain’s first-
past-the-post system, in which lawmakers
win seats in individual constituencies, makes
the outcome tricky to predict even when polls
Will UKIP’s rise damage Cameron?
Or will its right-leaning supporters back
Conser vative candidates to keep out Labour?
Who will benefit most when the sagging
Liberal Democrats lose seats? After the
votes are counted, what demands will smaller
parties make to support a coalition?
“ It may be a rather more complicated
situation: an agreement with two parties
and a side deal with SNP on a case by case
basis,” O’Donnell said. “ When I look back on
(2010) I think I had it easy.” — Reuters
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