Diversity star Jordan Banjo’s newborn son rushed to hospital as parents hold bedside vigil
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Diversity star Jordan Banjo has faced the most ‘frightening’ ordeal after his newborn son was rushed to hospital.
Jordan and his wife Naomi announced the birth of their third child Atreus on 23 April, with the dancer writing on Instagram: “I’m so proud of you @naomibanjo, my angel, my wife and the most incredible mum to our children, thank you for our 3 beautiful children, a gift I can never repay, I love you.”
The couple are also mum and dad to son Cassius Ashley, four, and daughter Mayowa 'Mimi' Angel, three.
However, the parents were struck with ‘the most traumatic’ week of their lives after their little ‘Tre’ was suddenly rushed to hospital.
The newborn was taken to A&E with suspected meningitis, with the parents saying they found themselves having to 'discuss the worst'.
Posting a video of her holding Atreus in hospital - the little one attached to several wires - Naomi said: "Ahh gosh, where do we start… in case you’re wondering where we’ve been, last week I took Atreus to A&E after feeling like something wasn’t right and he was immediately admitted with sepsis and suspected meningitis.
“It’s been the most emotionally draining, frightening week of our lives. We’ve cried a lot, we’ve barely slept, and we’ve discussed the worst... but we’ve carried each other through possibly one of the most traumatic weeks of our lives...
"You never think it would be your baby and honestly I can’t explain how awful it is having to leave your poorly baby behind in a hospital and go home and just be ‘mummy’ to your other children when inside your heart is breaking.
"We are so lucky we are able to alternate nights with Tre and the kids so we can share ourselves between all 3 kids and keep some normality for the bigger 2.
"It’s been tough but we’ve done our best for our babies. All we need now is our family back together where we belong.”
Naomi also shared a list of symptoms that Atreus has shown:
• "I initially took him in because I noticed he had started to refuse to feed in the night and I was worried about dehydration
• "He was very lethargic and glossy eyed and just not his self
• "His temp was high too
• "He was grunting with every breath
• "Rapid breathing
• "His skin was mottled
• "He had a rash which spread the longer we were in hospital
• "He was very sleepy
• "High pitch cries even when sleeping
• "Cried in pain when I picked him up or touched him
• "Cold hands and feet."
She continued: “We are over 5 days in and we finally have a stable temperature.
“Things are looking positive for Tre Tre and we are finally seeing an improvement our super brave strong boy has had all sorts of blood tests, a lumber puncture and constant prodding and poking this week but there’s finally light at the end of the tunnel and we cannot wait to get him home where he belongs.
"We still don’t really have answers and it’s another week ahead of antibiotics but he’s on the right path and we are just keeping positive."