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A mum’s living nightmare: ‘The shock of my son having an asthma attack sent me into labour... The doctor said, “Kiss him goodbye”’

After a terrifying experience, Belfast mum Hadil Ibrihim says an inhaler isn’t a quick fix for child asthma and stresses the importance of identifying triggers

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Hadil Ibrihim and son Mohamed. Photo by Stephen Hamilton

Hadil Ibrihim and son Mohamed. Photo by Stephen Hamilton

Stephen Hamilton

Hadil Ibrihim with her son Mohamed, who has asthma, at her home in Belfast. Photo by Stephen Hamilton

Hadil Ibrihim with her son Mohamed, who has asthma, at her home in Belfast. Photo by Stephen Hamilton

Stephen Hamilton

Hadil Ibrihim with her son Mohamed. Photo by Stephen Hamilton

Hadil Ibrihim with her son Mohamed. Photo by Stephen Hamilton

Stephen Hamilton

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Hadil Ibrihim and son Mohamed. Photo by Stephen Hamilton

It’s every parent’s nightmare: watching your young child struggling, severely ill, surrounded by hospital medial staff.

That was the reality facing south Belfast woman Hadil Ibrihim, who was heavily pregnant at the time. The shock of seeing her then two-year-old son Mohamed suffer a life-threatening asthma attack resulted in her going into labour right there and then.


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