Presenter and Liberty X singer Michelle Heaton has confirmed on her Twitter feed that her five-week-old son Aaron Jay has returned home after being hospitalised for viral meningitis.
It has been a tough few days for the mother-of-four and her husband Hugh Hanley after their baby boy was rushed to hospital on Sunday after being diagnosed with viral meningitis and reflux disease.
The good news is little ‘AJ’ is home safe and sound following his treatment, although Michelle says any long-term effects are still unknown.
Michelle has been keeping her followers updated on his condition on the social media site, posting a series of tweets:
‘Our beautiful baby boy Aaron Jay Hanley is home now and we couldn’t be happier.
‘It has been hell, I'm not going lie and only time will tell if Aaron has been physically or mentally affected with having had viral meningitis…but the chances are slight so we just pray he will be one of the lucky ones!
‘We certainly are to get our little man home. Faith has been the best big sister ever, nursing him every day…now time for Lots of cuddles and family time…I love my family…More than words can say! & @hughhanley is our rock! Luv you baby xxx’
Michelle added how appreciative she was of the support her family has received, writing,
‘Thank you all for your messages of support. We have read them all, and it means a lot…so thank you. Xx’
Viral meningitis is considered less serious than bacterial meningitis, which can cause severe brain damage and blood poisoning.
Most people suffering from the condition experience flu-like symptoms, nausea, neck stiffness, diarrhoea and vomiting. If the condition is serious enough to require admission to hospital, the patient is administered the same treatment as bacterial meningitis – with antibiotics and intravenous fluids.
Michelle has previously spoken about her own health issues and pregnancy difficulties, including a double mastectomy in 2012 to reduce her risk of ovarian cancer. Born by planned C-Section in February 2014, Aaron Jay was described as her ‘miracle’.
Let’s hope he makes a full recovery.