‘Thank you for our mir­a­cle’

FAM­ILY STAGE FUN DAY FOR HOSPI­TAL UNIT THAT CARED FOR ISABELLA, BORN WEIGHING 722 GRAMS

Ruislip & Eastcote & Northwood Gazette - - Front Page - by QASIM PERACHA qasim.peracha@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @qasim­per­acha

PAR­ENTS TO HOLD FUNDRAISER FOR HILLINGDON HOSPI­TAL’S CHERUBS UNIT

A “MIR­A­CLE baby” who de­vel­oped an in­fec­tion af­ter be­ing born pre­ma­turely at just 25 weeks has made an as­ton­ish­ing re­cov­ery.

Isabella Wil­son-Ste­fanovic was born last July and trans­ferred to Cherubs, the neona­tal cen­tre at Hillingdon Hospi­tal.

While at Cherubs, Isabella was in­cu­bated and made good progress be­fore the tide turned af­ter she caught an in­fec­tion, fol­lowed by a grade four brain bleed, and a build up of fluid on the brain. Doc­tors were un­sure she would live but now play­ful Isabella breathes and eats with­out as­sis­tance.

A shunt in her brain to drain fluid is the only dif­fer­ence be­tween Isabella and any other tod­dler.

Isabella was born pre­ma­turely weighing just 722 grams and spent a to­tal of 112 days in hospi­tal and her fam­ily are now or­gan­is­ing a fundraiser for the staff who helped keep their baby girl alive.

The Fam­ily Fun­day at Barn­hill Com­mu­nity Cen­tre in Hayes will be held on Satur­day June 17 from 12pm to 6pm and will fea­ture ac­tiv­i­ties for kids to en­joy.

“There must be other fam­i­lies who have ben­e­fited from the in­cred­i­ble work they do at Cherubs,” said Isabella’s mother Leanne.

“Isabella is with us be­cause of the care and at­ten­tion of the peo­ple at Cherubs and we want to give some­thing back to them for all they’ve done for us.”

The Mayor of Hillingdon will also be at­tend­ing and it’s a chance to meet the “mir­a­cle baby” whose story touched thou­sands of hearts when GetWestLon­don first re­ported it in March.

Isabella, now 11 months old, was born pre­ma­turely weighing just 722 grams and spent 112 days at Hillingdon Hospi­tal

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