Being able to breathe on his own has been a major milestone for little Flynn, who was born four weeks premature in May 2007.
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Flynn stopped breathing twice at birth, and he again stopped breathing in his mother's arms when he was just two months old.
After being resuscitated by his terrified mum, baby Flynn was rushed to Rockhampton Hospital by ambulance, before being transferred to the Royal Children's Hospital in Brisbane for specialised care.
After an incredible number of tests and treatment for a child his age, Flynn was diagnosed with a condition called laryngomalacia (soft larynx) and a narrow windpipe. This means his upper airway was collapsing, preventing him from being able to breathe, and his lower airway was extremely narrow - adding to his breathing problems. Flynn also had a pulmonary artery sling - meaning the artery leading to his heart was wrapped around his windpipe.
Flynn was airlifted twice for emergency care at the Royal Children's Hospital, before undergoing life-saving cardiac surgery. Following surgery he was placed in an induced coma and ventilated for several days to allow his body to heal.
He then spent six weeks in the intensive care unit (ICU) at the Royal Children's Hospital, followed by two weeks in a general ward. During this time, Flynn learnt to breathe on his own again, and he regained other basic skills like sitting up and drinking.
Despite all his challenges, Flynn continues to be a smiling happy little boy. The expert care he received has given Flynn and his family another chance to enjoy a healthy life together.
With your help the Royal Children's Hospital Foundation can continue to work wonders for children like Flynn and help them lead happy and vibrant lives.