Hyndburn toddler set to be home for first birthday

WELCOME HOME Romi-Jane and Sienna-Rose Young

WELCOME HOME Romi-Jane and Sienna-Rose Young

First published in Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Education reporter

A MUM is set to celebrate a landmark birthday for her daughter after a rollercoaster year.

Sienna-Rose Young was born eight weeks early last year, weighing only 3lb 1oz, and after three days she needed life-saving surgery to treat an infected bowel.

Surgeons have now removed a feeding tube from Sienna-Rose’s nose and throat as she approaches her first birthday.

Doctors had told mum Romi-Jane Young and the rest of the family to prepare for the worst, as Sienna-Rose underwent seven major operations and spent weeks in intensive care.

She was born so premature, her bowels were not fully developed and broke away, becoming infected when she started feeding.

At just six days old, Sienna-Rose was christened and blessed by a priest in hospital.

Now Romi-Jane, a support worker at GS Social Care, Great Harwood, said she was looking forward to seeing her daughter make further progress at Accrington’s Holly House where therapists are helping the family.

Romi-Jane hopes their programme can help Sienna-Rose catch up on her development after her complications.

She said: “Since she came home from hospital in the summer, he is laughing and smiling and we haven’t needed to go back into hospital except for this operation.

“We are hoping to welcome her home soon, then have a big family celebration for her birthday.

“It will be much better because she would pull at the tube, or the stickers would come loose. Then we would have to call out the community nurses to put it back in. It was a horrible experience for her to have the tube shoved back down her throat each time”.

Sienna-Rose is due home from Manchester Children’s Hospital in the next few days. She now weighs a healthy weight and her bowel has also grown to a substantial length. Doctors do not expect any further health complications.

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