Tot ‘dies’ five times a day

BABY Jess Kerr has to be resuscitated five times a day because a genetic condition means she forgets to keep breathing.

Life on a knife-edge | Jess' parents have to perform CPR on her five times a day. (Image | Daily Star)
Life on a knife-edge | Jess’ parents have to perform CPR on her five times a day. (Image | Daily Star)

She was born with Patau syndrome — a chromosome abnormality which affects fewer than 200 UK tots.

Jess has battled the condition — which causes her to turn blue — since birth and needs 24-hour supervision.

Docs warned parents Simon and Melanie that Jess would not live past four weeks but yesterday she celebrated her first birthday.

Mum-of-six Melanie, 38, of Leicester, said: “I was crushed when doctors told us about Jess’s condition. It was just devastating.

“Now it’s a non-stop worry — I can’t even leave her for a few minutes.

“But she is a little fighter. Words can’t describe how proud I am.

“It’s extraordinary that she has made it, we just take each day as it comes. Her birthday is an extra special day.”

Article written and sub edited by myself


Originally published in The Sun on Thursday October 17 2013.

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