Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

She Was Lovely. If You Looked at Her, You Wouldn't Know She Was Going through So Much. She Was Always Smiling

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

She Was Lovely. If You Looked at Her, You Wouldn't Know She Was Going through So Much. She Was Always Smiling

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Byline: By Sonia Sharma

A grieving family opened their hearts today to tell of their 10-month-old daughter's brave fight for life.

Sinead Holmes was born with two holes in her heart and small lungs. Her bowels and liver were growing outside her tiny body.

She spent most of her short life in hospitals with her parents at her side, but eventually lost her battle to live.

Her parents, Julia Longstaff and William Holmes, have told for the first time how their "beautiful baby" won the hearts of family, friends and hospital staff.

Pictures of the little girl adorn their living room walls and cards from well-wishers sitting on their window sill speak of a "remarkable baby".

Their house in Coverdale Avenue, Washington, was home to Sinead for just two weeks. The rest of her time was spent on hospital wards.

Julia, 25, said: "She was lovely. If you looked at her, you wouldn't know she was going through so much. She was always smiling and liked playing with toys.

"There were always ups and downs in her condition. She would be bad one day but then improved the next. We were told a few times that she was going to die but she would always pick up.

"No-one believed she would live to be 10 months old. She would prove everyone wrong and we always hoped she would get better."

William, 21, a machine operator, added: "She was fighting through all the time. They didn't think she would get as far as she got. The doctors and staff were excellent and looked after her very well."

Sinead was born at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary after an emergency Caesarean. She was seven weeks premature, and weighed just 4lb 1oz.

She was fed through tubes and was placed in an oxygen tent for long periods to help her breathe.

Julia was unable to hold her baby for three months after her birth while she was kept in a ventilator. …

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