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Toddler wakes as life support turned off

Little Dylan experienced a miracle recovery.

One three-year-old boy is lucky to be alive, after experiencing a miracle recovery following his life support being switched off.

Dylan Askin’s parents had all but given up hope after the three-year-old’s experience with a rare type of lung cancer – pulmonary Langerhans’ Cell Histiocytosis.

After his diagnosis in December 2015, the UK born tot deteriorated rapidly, and by 2016, Kerry and Mike Askin were preparing for the worst.

Getting ready to say goodbye, the family also had to make the heart-breaking decision to turn Dylan’s life support off, and let him slip away.

Dylan after diagnosis
Dylan after diagnosis

Mum Kerry told The Telegraph that they were just waiting for him to enter cardiac arrest.

“We baptised him and said our final goodbyes, and at 8am on the Saturday they turned his muscle sedatives off in preparation for the ventilator to be switched off,” she explained.

But incredibly, after they’d turned off life support, Dylan began to move.

“The consultant rushed in an said his blood tests showed his organs weren’t failing.”

By April 4, Dylan was discharged, with his last chest drain taking place on April 20.

And while the little guy is certainly not out of the woods yet, his parents report that he has now had six months chest drain free. There are two round of chemotherapy left for him this year, after which doctors will assess his progress.

Mum Kerry keeps a blog about the family’s journey, that you can view here.