Hope Daniels was born at 24 weeks - severely premature - but the little girl, now called a miracle baby, has a tenacious fighting spirit and has grown strong enough to go home for Christmas. She weighed 300 grams at birth and managed to grow to a healthier 5kg.
There wasn't much hope that little Hope would survive. She was born very premature at just 24 weeks and weighed an astounding 300 grams.
But Hope had other ideas, and the beautiful little girl fought bravely and as a result can now go home with her delighted parents, Dorianne and Lesley Daniels.
The little fighter was released to go home to her parents on 21 December after spending 9 months in Netcare Kuils River Hospital in Cape Town.
During the 9 months that Hope spent at the hospital, she became a favourite with the doctors, nurses and staff, as reported on by News24.
They all showed up to bid her and her family farewell when she finally went home. Dr Zaheera Kajee, a neonatologist at the hospital, is happy with Hope's progress.
We have been most satisfied with Hope’s neurological, visual and hearing developmental progress. Now weighing 5.44kg, she is growing strong and already has such a strong personality. As she was born so prematurely, however, Hope will still require special care and feeding at home, and we will have to keep a close eye on her development and health as she grows.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Dorianne, calls Hope her 'miracle baby' and can't wait to spend Christmas with her child and husband.
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