"Miracle" boy's first day at nursery
WHEN Talay Winstanley was born three months early, doctors told his parents he had little chance of survival.
He weighed just one and a half pounds, and had to be transferred from the Royal Bolton Hospital to an intensive care unit in Preston.
But three years on, “little miracle” Talay is set to start at Grosvenor Nursery School in Kearsley.
His proud mother Jade, aged 27, and father Sean, aged 28, of Tennyson Road, Farnworth, say they are overwhelmed after a turbulent three years.
Mrs Winstanley, who has spent the last three years caring for her son, said: “It’s amazing. I didn’t think I’d ever get to this point.
“We’ve all gone through this together and we’ve never been apart.
“We’ve taken each day as it comes.”
This is partly down to Talay’s incredible resilience, according to Mrs Winstanley.
She said: “He’s always been smiling and you wouldn’t think there was anything wrong with him.
“Now I look at Talay from when he was born until now, I’m so proud of him.
“Just him being alive is enough. He’s a little miracle, really.”
Mrs Winstanley gave birth to Talay 26 weeks into her pregnancy.
At first she thought she had a stomach bug, only to be told she had gone into labour.
What followed in the months after was at times harrowing for the whole family.
She said: “It’s been absolutely manic.
“We’ve had so many appointments, and there were some horrific moments. When I found out he might not survive it was absolutely devastating.
“At one point, I didn’t think Talay had much of a chance. It’s been a rollercoaster of emotions.”
After being put on a high calorie diet, Talay’s health is improving. He is also able to have conversations and interact with others.
Mr Winstanley said: “We’ve been so lucky, it’s unreal. We’ve been through absolutely loads together.
“Talay’s been a star. He’s been very positive, he’s always got a smile on his face.
“As parents, we’ve been very protective of him. We were all there for each other as a family.
“Jade was in tears at times but we’ve pulled through it and here we are.”
Mr Winstanley added: “This experience has made me the man I am today. I’ve grown up so quickly over the last three years.”
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