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Fears for baby Theo found to have multiple fractures after dog jumped on him

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Original article from Kent Live

A baby boy is feared to have a serious medical problem after he was found with multiple fractures after a dog landed on him.

Theo Bonnick, from Dover, was only three months old when he suffered significant injuries and was rushed to the William Harvey Hospital in late June.

Gran, Cheryl Shepherd, says the extent of them was only discovered following what seemed to be a fairly innocuous incident with the family dog.

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She told MyDover: "It was early one morning and our dog jumped off their bed and landed on his arm.

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"He was screaming and screaming and my daughter and son-in-law rushed him to hospital.

"When he was two weeks old Theo was suffering with jaundice and had to be blue-lighted to the William Harvey again.

"They had to bend his wrist slightly to put the canular in.

"He gave this blood curdling scream, which the paramedics tried to assure us was normal.

Baby Theo was found to have multiple fractures

"But one of the fractures he was later found to have was on his wrist and we think it might have been when it happened.

"We don't blame them – it's just he seems to have really weak bones."

Theo's parents Lauren and Donovan have a second child, a healthy two-year-old called Kayden, and they are convinced Theo has a severe bone disorder.

Lauren, Donovan, Kayden and Theo

Doctors also found he had a bowed leg and rib fracture.

Cheryl's daughter and two grandsons live with her and husband Craig in Kimberley Close.

Cheryl and husband Craig tested positive for Covid-19 antibodies

They also believe Theo is dairy intolerant, and has muscle weakness as he can't seem to straighten his back.

He was also found to have a very low parathyroid hormone.

'We need some clarification'

"Theo has always had these knobbly bones and just looked different," she said.

"He's been back and forth to the doctors a few times, had blood in his toilet, and just generally been a really whingey baby.

"He's not been putting on weight.

Baby Theo

"He's also got something that looks like sclera – where the whites of your eyes go blue.

"He could be suffering as he's on constant pain relief.

"My family are in bits and we need some clarification."

Cheryl says that although Theo was referred to a consultant for possible osteogenesis imperfecta, they were told Theo's physical appearance doesn't fit the criteria.

The family is convinced he has most of the symptoms, but say they were told normal OI patients "look more deformed".

The decision has meant the NHS is not willing to fund genetic tests to find out.

Local NHS services have been approached for comment.

In the meantime, the family has set up a crowdfunding page to try to raise money to fund tests and scans privately.

People can find out more and donate here.

"He's got quite a few of the symptoms and his dad has a family history of bone disorders," said Cheryl.

"It's frustrating. There's obviously something wrong and we want him to get the treatment for it."

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