[WATCH] 'Miracle baby' goes home for Christmas after nine months in ICU
One of the smallest micro-premature babies to have ever survived in South Africa, has been discharged from hospital.
Baby Hope Daniels was born at 24 weeks, weighing a mere 300 grams in March this year.
Born by emergency C-section, she's spent nine months at the Netcare Kuils River Hospital in Cape Town.
Now doctors have deemed her strong enough to go home.
The little girl is described as a miracle by her parents, who had been trying to have a baby for 10 years.
Staff at the Netcare Kuils River Hospital threw her a special send-off on Friday.
She went home after 275 days in the neonatal intensive care unit, dressed in a graduation gown and cap.
The hospital's Claire Pitt says despite her tiny body, Baby Hope had a big personality from the start.
And her mother battled with multiple conditions, including kidney disease and diabetes, making her pregnancy high-risk.
At 24 weeks and four days, the mom's condition deteriorated enough that we had to have the Caesarean section.Claire Pitt, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Manager at Netcare Kuilsriver
Pitt says Baby Hope, who now weighs just over five kilograms, thrived on breast milk, 24-hour nursing care, love and an incubator.
The infant will receive ongoing care from a neonatologist, physiotherapist, speech therapist and trained nursing carer.
We couldn't incubate and ventilate her because she was too tiny. There were no tubes that were small enough.Claire Pitt, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Manager at Netcare Kuilsriver
She has gone home on oxygen, which we anticipated. She's had to grow a whole new pair of lungs.Claire Pitt, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Manager at Netcare Kuilsriver
We will follow up and monitor as she grows from strength to strength.Claire Pitt, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Manager at Netcare Kuilsriver
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