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The sound every parent should dread – Dad warns of dangers of croup as son lies in intensive care


Surrounded by tubes in his hospital bed, little Reuben Humphreys struggles for breath, after being struck down by a severe case of croup.

Just 24 hours before these pictures were taken, the lively three-year-old was enjoying a holiday with his family in the Lake District.

But he is today still under sedation at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle after what at first appeared to be a cough deteriorated rapidly into dangerous breathing difficulties.

Medics told Reuben’s terrified parents, Owen Humphreys and Stephanie Koch that he was suffering from a severe case of croup, a childhood condition that affects the windpipe, airways and lungs.

And today Owen, from Whitley Bay, is urging other parents to get clued-up on croup and to follow their instincts if they think their child has the symptoms.

Reuben Humphreys

Speaking from his son’s bedside, the 44-year-old said: “Within 24 hours he went from a happy little boy running around on holiday to being in intensive care….

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