Brave Cosmo, from Kingsway, fighting fit after heart scare
WHEN Cosmo Trafford suffered a cardiac arrest at five weeks old he was given just a five per cent chance of survival.
But a year after the youngster's heart stopped for 32 minutes there is barely a sign of the episode.
Cosmo and his parents, from Kingsway, returned to Bristol Children's Hospital on Saturday – the anniversary of the youngster's cardiac arrest – to thank the staff who cared for him and hand over a £2,000 donation.
Mrs Trafford said it was fortunate her neighbours – a prison officer and a paramedic – were both at home when Cosmo's heart stopped as they knew exactly what to do.
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"It was scary," Mrs Trafford, 34, said. "Cosmo had not been very well. He screamed so I picked him up and then he was gasping for breath. I said to my husband to ring for an ambulance and then ran out of the front door with him. My neighbour was stood on her doorstep and she ran over. She grabbed him and started doing CPR.
"Then her next door neighbour came out to see what all the shouting was about and she's a paramedic so I couldn't have been luckier.
"I couldn't have asked for more than that, especially that they were both home and not at work."
Cosmo was on a ventilator to support his breathing but within two weeks he was able to return home.
The youngster, who has siblings Sophie, 16, Jacob, 15, Olivia, 13 and Alfie, nine, also spent time on a cold mat to reduce his temperature and minimise swelling to his brain.
A year on from Cosmo's cardiac arrest there is no sign of any lasting damage. The youngster has epilepsy but is being weaned off his medication. He also has a condition which means his heart sometimes beats too fast.
Dad Glen, 32, decided to start fundraising for Bristol Children's Hospital's Grand Appeal – to provide comforts and facilities for patients and their families while in hospital – when Cosmo was being cared for and asked for donations instead of presents for his son's first birthday last month.
To support the family's fundraising for The Grand Appeal visit www.justgiving.com/cosmotrafford.