Before Tyler McCormack was born, scans picked up that he had a rare condition where his intestines grew outside of his body. So his mom Allesha knew that she was in for a big fight for his life. She just didn't know there would be three of them.
Born at just 32 weeks, tiny, premature Tyler needed a plastic envelope to hold his bowel. And when he was only 7 days old, he needed surgery to push it into his tummy. The surgery was successful. But when Tyler was due to go home, Allesha was told that his bowel tissue was beginning to die--one of the most common causes of death in infants.
"His belly was like a turtle shell--a big, hard thing just sitting there," Allesha said.
Though he survived the initial reaction, a few months later he had a perforated bowel, and was fighting for his life yet again. She saved his life by calling the hospital immediately. Amazingly, he was able to go home just a week later.
And now, at 3 years old, Tyler has made an absolutely remarkable recovery. His doctor even told Allesha that he's the first baby he's ever seen to survive gastroschisis and necrotising enterocolitis.
"Every time he sees him, he says, 'Here is the baby who nearly died three times,'" she said.
Though Tyler still has some bowel issues and has to follow a strict diet, he has come a long way and can now walk and talk. It must help that he always has his loving mother by his side.
She said, "I am blessed to have Tyler."