Ollie Lewis was starved of oxygen to his brain due to a late delivery. Machines were switched off and his parents told to say their goodbyes.
Against all odds, he survived.
A hospital chemist gave a severely disabled blind baby a potentially fatal dose of medication, ten times stronger than his usual prescription.
Little Ollie Lewis must take the powerful medication to stop him suffering seizures, with his parents collecting a new dose from Lloyds Pharmacy every week.
It was only thanks to their familiarity with the repeat prescription that father Neil Lewis noticed staff had measured out 2.5ml of Midazolam, rather than 0.25ml.
Mr Lewis, 28, said that if the little boy, who will turn two in February, had taken the dosage it would have killed him.
Ollie was starved of oxygen to the brain, due to a late delivery at St Michael's Hospital, Bristol, and suffered catastrophic brain damage, cerebral palsy and epilepsy.
The youngster, who was not expected to survive, is also registered blind and suffers from seizures - which are treated with Midazolam.
'Two pharmacists checked the dosage, which was supposed to be 0.25ml,' said Mr Lewis, of Worle, Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset.
'But they administered 2.5ml and this was also written on the label.
'If we hadn't spotted it and someone else had given that amount to him it would have killed him.
'After everything we have been through to have this happen is absolutely disgusting.'
Mr Lewis said he and Ollie's mother Charmaine Malcolm, 24, visit the pharmacy, based at Weston General Hospital, every fortnight to pick up the dose of Midazolam.
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Neil and Charmaine have had to give up their jobs as a recruitment consultant and self-employed hairdresser respectively, so they can provide 24-hour care for Ollie.
Neil added: “We lived life hour by hour, then day by day. Our lives revolved around making sure he was breathing and getting enough fluid but he kept holding on.
“People ask us if he is in a lot of pain but he’s not, he is a happy baby.
“For us it’s the lack of sleep that’s the hardest, but as long as he is comfortable and happy that’s all we want.”- The Weston MercuryMay actions have ulterior motive?