Baby Turns One After Doctors Said He Wouldn't Live

By KBJR News 1

August 8, 2011 Updated Aug 8, 2011 at 8:43 AM CDT

Shaken Baby Syndrome is something you seldom hear about anymore, but infants continue to die every year from this traumatic abuse.

One Wisconsin baby was far luckier than the statistics when he was returned to his mother after spending the weekend under the care of someone else.

Isaiah Shane Butler is lucky. Not only does he have a mother that loves him endlessly, but according to doctors he's lucky to be alive.

"He wasn't looking at me, he really wasn't responding to anything," said his mother Sheila Butler.

When Isaiah was returned to his mother she said she knew something was wrong and that the people he was under the care of weren't being honest about what had happened. Sheila wasted no time in rushing him to the hospital.

"After doing a Cat Scan they realized that he had injuries consistent with shaken baby syndrome."

With a severe fracture to the head and considerable brain damage, doctors gave Sheila little hope.

"They told me that he probably wouldn't make it through the night, that with injuries that severe he probably wouldn't live."

But this weekend, Isaiah is defying the odds and celebrated his first birthday.

His pediatrician says he's making progress.

"These last few months especially. He's grasping, his tone has improved. He seems to interact, focuses on a face, and that's good," said Dr. Nancy Monaghan-Beary.

Dr. Monaghan-Beary said she doesn't necessarily see Shaken Baby Syndrome often, but whenever she does, it breaks her heart.

She added that in order to see improvement in Isaiah's condition it is imperative that he gets among other things good nutrition, physical and occupational therapies, and patient and loving parenting. All of which she said he is lucky enough to have.

And those in the community who friended Isaiah on Facebook and have been following his progress were invited to come to his first birthday celebration of life party.

"I told everybody that if they want to come meet him they're welcome to come meet him. I know lots and lots of people were praying for him. People who have never even met him," said Sheila.

And as the prayers pour in, Sheila plans for a happy and full life for baby Isaiah.

If you would like to follow Isaiah on Facebook and keep up with his progress visit: http://www.facebook.com/isaiahshanebutler

Written for the web by Courtney Godfrey