A YOUNG girl who was reliant on an oxygen ventilator to keep her alive is celebrating after being given the all clear by doctors.
Kaisha Hodgson was born 12 weeks premature and weighing just 1lb 13oz. But now the five-year-old has been fully discharged from hospital and all her oxygen has been removed from her home in Brooke Street, Rastrick.
The youngster spent weeks in the special baby care unit at Calderdale Royal Hospital, Halifax, and one of the most worrying times for her parents Kay and Gareth was when her weight dropped to 1lb 4oz - the equivalent of about half a bag of sugar.
To celebrate Kaisha being given the all clear and in conjunction with her fifth birthday, her family and friends attended a party at Rastrick Bowling Club.
Kay said: “Kaisha was on oxygen for the first year of her life and had to go and visit the doctors every couple of months,. That dropped over time and now she has been discharged.”
Kaisha was born three months early and at four months she weighed just 5lbs. “We had oxygen fitted in the house and we had to attach it to the pram every time we went out.
“They do say some premature babies can have problems if they have had quite a lot of medication but she hasn’t had any problems.
“Looking at her you wouldn’t know she was a premature baby unless you had been told. She plays with her friends and she is able to read and write.”
Just over a year ago Kay gave birth to her second daughter, Mischa, who was born six weeks early weighing just 3lb 13oz.
But Kay reassured any parents who have premature babies that there was light at the end of the tunnel.
“We were in intensive care four times and she had all different medications,” she said.
“It is hard at times and you feel like you take two steps forward and five back. But you do get there.”
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