Extremely Premature Baby Born in 2020 Finally Home From Hospital

A baby girl who was born extremely prematurely in August 2020 has finally moved into her family home after spending the majority of her life in hospital.

Bradi Foster, who is now 19 months old, was discharged from Franciscan Children's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, on Monday, where she has spent several months receiving rehabilitative care, the Boston Herald reported.

The child received a special send-off from staff at the children's hospital as she was wheeled out of the facility in her pushchair by her parents.

"All her doctors and her nurses and her respiratory therapist—everybody was there, blowing bubbles and cheering for her," her mother, Darlene Foster, said, according to WCVB.

"The light at the end of the tunnel, after 19 months," she said.

The 19-month-old will now join her mother, father and sisters at the family home, which is located Plymouth, Massachusetts.

"She is finally here and just ready to live her life," the mother said, according to the Herald.

The child was born at only 25 weeks into her mother's pregnancy due to a pregnancy complication known as a placental abruption.

According to the Mayo Clinic, this complication occurs when the placenta separates from the inner wall of the uterus before birth.

A placental abruption can deprive the baby of oxygen and nutrients, while also potentially causing heavy bleeding in the mother. In some cases, the baby has to be delivered prematurely.

Since her extremely premature birth, Foster has had to undergo cardiac surgery and has also fought off several infections, CBS Boston reported.

At one point, the child even had to be placed on a ventilator and was being fed through an intravenous tube.

But, Foster eventually recovered to a point where medical staff weaned her off the ventilator and her feeding tube. This week, doctors finally decided that she was strong enough to go home. She can now crawl around and stand with some assistance.

WCVB reported that Foster is starting to eat some puréed food by mouth but she still requires a gastrostomy tube, which is surgically placed into the stomach to enable supplemental feeding, hydration or medication.

The tube is attached to a specialized, animal-themed backpack that Foster can wear around the house.

"There's a little tube that goes to them, and it gives them full mobility so they can really experience what life at home is going to be like," said Franciscan Children's patient advocate Amanda Voysey, according to the Herald.

Newsweek has contacted Franciscan Children's Hospital for comment.

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Stock image showing a premature baby in hospital. A baby girl who was born extremely prematurely in August, 2020, has finally moved into her family home after spending the majority of her life in hospital. iStock