“He is such a happy, settled boy and he is doing things and hitting his milestones,” said the baby’s father.
To mark the celebration of turning a year old, baby Roux Owen received a birthday gift unlike any other: he was finally able to leave the hospital and go home to spend his first birthday with his family.
Parents Antony and Amy have been worried about their baby boy ever since he was born. But the one thing the two hoped for was to be able to celebrate their son’s birthday at home, as a family. “Sitting in hospital watching your baby boy fighting for his life brings so much pain and anguish,” Amy previously told LeedsLive. “It’s something no one should have to go through.”
As they expecting to spend Roux’s birthday in the hospital, the couple asked well-wishers and supporters to send in their birthday cards to his ward. But to their surprise, the doctors told the family that Roux could go home. The little one was discharged and celebrated his first birthday with his parents and his 3-year-old brother, Noah, and also enjoy the love sent over to him from across the world.
Hundreds and hundreds of cards poured in and Roux’s father, Antony said, according to the Daily Mail. “We were overwhelmed with the number of cards we received. We’ve had hundreds from all around the world, as far
Ever since the baby boy was found to have a brain tumor, his family has experienced the warmth and support of even strangers. “It seems strange but the love and support we have had from people means we’ve never felt alone during all this.”
Having spent about half his life in a hospital, Roux and his family have been through a lot in the past year since the time he was born. “On the 1st October 2019 our family was made complete when our beautiful baby Roux was born,” said the JustGiving page. “From then on Roux has gone through unimaginable pain and suffering that no person never mind baby should have to endure.”
His doctors “had never seen a tumour of this severity in such a young child.” And the tumor was described to be ” the size of two oranges and was extremely aggressive.”
“The tumour was 10cm long and it grew cysts,” explained Antony, according to the Daily Mail. “A surgeon said to me it is the sort of thing they would see one in a career, if it all.”
Over the course of 11 months, around 10 operations were performed on Roux’s tiny body and he also does not have sight in his left eye. Doctors believe that he may also have some catching up to do in terms of his development.
“The doctors said that his development is a bit behind and his motor skills and his core strength aren’t what they should be,” Antony said. “They said they can’t say for sure if there is anything he won’t be able to do, until it comes to that point in his development.”
Despite everything, Antony was able to say, “He is such a happy, settled boy and he is doing things and hitting his milestones, just a bit later than he normally would have. But he has spent around six months in a hospital bed, so that is probably why.”
The tumor was finally removed in September but Roux had to be rushed back to the hospital once again to repair the shunt inserted in his head after it got infected and blocked. The doctors also removed the excess fluid from his brain. And on the day of his birthday, the doctors believed he was well enough to go home and celebrate. “We can’t wait to do all the normal, boring family things together that we haven’t been able to do for the last year,” Antony added.
Through the JustGiving page, the family has also been able to raise money for Leeds Cares, which is the charity that has been supporting the same hospital ward where Roux stayed while he was receiving treatment for his tumor. “I cannot express how amazing the staff at Leeds General are,” said Amy. ‘The surgeons, nurses, doctors, play leaders, house keepers and every single other person that has had a part to play in Roux’s journey… They’ve provided us with a future for our little boy that at one point we didn’t think we would have. It will always hold a very precious place in our hearts.”