Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Home for Christmas

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Home for Christmas

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Byline: By Liz Hands

A tiny baby who has spent the whole first year of her life in hospital will finally be allowed home tomorrow to spend Christmas Day with her family.

Davonna Carson was born on January 9 weighing just 1lb 11oz after doctors at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary were forced to carry out an emergency Caesarean 14 weeks before her due date.

Since then, the little girl has remained in hospital, undergoing countless operations, to try to give her a chance of life. Even now, she tops the scales at only 9lb 7oz ( the same size as many new-born babies.

But last night her delighted family were told they would be able to take her to their home in Park Road, Haltwhistle, Northumberland, to spend a few hours of a traditional Christmas with them.

"We're just taking each day as it comes," said her mum Denise, 31, yesterday. "But we've been told we'll be able to bring her back for

four hours on Christmas Day. We desperately want her home with us. She is such a happy baby.

"She has had a terrible life so far, but she loves life and she has a smile for everyone. We want her here to see those smiles at home on Christmas Day."

When Davonna, whose name means "beloved", was first born, Denise had to make a 100-mile round trip to see her because she was transferred to Sunderland Royal Hospital, as the RVI's special care unit was full.

She was taken back to the RVI to make it easier for her family to visit her, although Denise still faces an 80-mile, or two-hour, round journey to spend time with her daughter every day.

"It's just become routine for us now," said Denise.

"I get my two older children off to school, get to the hospital for about 10am, stay there all day with Davonna and get back home at tea-time.

"I have to try not to think about leaving her when I get back because it tears me apart to be without her. The nurses where she is, on Ward 7, are just amazing. …

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