Miracle baby joy for bereaved Preston parents

Anthony Rushe and Jenna Bannon with baby Ashleigh, and the picture book of baby Anthony
Anthony Rushe and Jenna Bannon with baby Ashleigh, and the picture book of baby Anthony
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A couple who suffered the heartache of losing their baby son to a rare and incurable condition are celebrating their miracle baby daughter who defied odds of one in a million to survive.

Tony Rushe and Jenna Bannon, of Ashton, Preston, were heartbroken when their son Anthony Rushe was diagnosed with Krabbe Disease, a rare disorder that affects one in 100,000 babies which causes babies to lose all their abilities before losing their life.

Baby Anthony lost his fight a year ago - but just two days later, his grieving parents saw Ashleigh’s heartbeat on a scan for the first time.

However, after a test to check if their unborn baby also had Krabbe Disease accidentally burst the amniotic sac, Jenna lost all her waters and was devastated to be told to expect a miscarriage.

The couple were told their baby only had a one in a million chance of surviving - and miraculously Jenna’s waters built back up and Ashleigh was born.

Ashleigh does not have Krabbe Disease and is healthy and well and has brought new happiness to her parents after the tragedy of losing Anthony.

Jenna today said: “We feel Anthony is watching over his little sister and looking out for her.

“It is still very difficult without Anthony and we will never forget him.

“But Ashleigh is wonderful and we treasure every moment with her.”

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