Coming on the heels of this week’s horrifically tragic death of a New York woman who suffered a ruptured uterus following a late-term abortion, there’s an inspirational story to share — one that, ironically, also involves abortion. In 2011, doctors told Jade Clarke of Yorkshire, England, that her baby wouldn’t survive if she continued with her pregnancy. But rather than complying with medical professionals’ advice that she terminate, she forged on.

After she delivered the child, a baby boy named Riley, doctors soon realized that their assessments were wrong. But despite the infant’s survival, the road hasn’t been easy. He spent the majority of his first 17 months in the hospital, with doctors this week finally permitting him to go home with Jade and the baby’s father, Rikki.  While he was born in Sept. 2011 and went home a few weeks after his birth, Riley returned to receive medical care in December of that year and received in-patient medical care until this past Wednesday.

In addition to being born with his heart on the wrong side of his body, the child also had disconnected valves and twisted bowels, the Daily Mail reports. But his 22-year-old mother, determined to keep the child, battled alongside doctors to save her son’s life.

“Doctors told me time and time again that Riley would have no chance, and I should consider an abortion,” Jade said. “But he’s an angel sent from above. He’s my first child and I just felt I wanted to keep him.”

Even though he’s been released by the hospital, Riley continues to have health challenges. Doctors claim he may never walk, he has a tracheostomy that is attached to a ventilator and a kidney that is not properly formed.

Jade and Rikki are full-time caretakers for the child, but despite the hurdles they are overjoyed that he is now home and that they will have more time to spend with him.

“He’s such a happy chappy. He loves Tigger from Winnie the Pooh and is always bouncing about,” she said, going on to say that the challenges are entirely worth it. “He needs watching constantly as sometimes he tries to pull out his tubes. It’s challenging but I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

(H/T: Daily Mail)

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