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Mystery Cough Stops Schoolboy’s Heart

May 6, 2016

A schoolboy’s family have told how they are living ‘in fear’ over his mystery cough that is so severe it stopped his heart FOUR times in 48 hours – and could kill him at any moment.



Dylan Fitton, six, had to be resuscitated by his uncle after collapsing at home while watching a film and was revived again as he waited for treatment in A&E.


The youngster then had another two life-threatening coughing fits while he was being treated by doctors at Royal Oldham Hospital.


His mum Leanne said Dylan wouldn’t be alive if it weren’t for the actions of his quick-thinking uncle Liam Fairfoull, who performed CPR while they waited for paramedics to arrive.


Leanne, 27, from Oldham, Greater Manchester, said: “It’s just torture because every time he coughs you wonder if he’s going to stop breathing.


“You worry when he goes to bed and when he goes to school. It’s constantly in the back of your mind.


“The doctors said that the second time his heart stopped, he would have been dead if he had stopped breathing for another minute.


“As a parent it’s your worst nightmare. We just don’t have any answers at the moment as to what’s causing it.


“The first time it happened, we were watching a DVD together. He turned blue and I just froze but Liam was amazing. Liam saved his life.


“Because he has a history of asthma and chest infections they wanted to keep him in for more tests and then he had another fit while he was asleep in the waiting room.