19 December 2016

Parents of ‘home for Christmas’ baby praise NUH staff

Parents of ‘home for Christmas’ baby praise NUH staff

The parents of a baby born 16 weeks prematurely have praised staff at Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) for enabling their daughter to make it home in time for Christmas.

Amaya Ibrahim was born in April 2016 weighing just 1lb and 6oz - and spent 19 weeks on the Neonatal Unit at the Queen's Medical Centre, followed by another 14 weeks being cared for by staff at Nottingham Children's Hospital.

However, Amaya was finally able to go home last week - and parents Khaled and Mel Ibrahim have praised staff at both the QMC Neonatal Unit and Nottingham Children's Hospital.

Mel said: "It's incredible for us as a family. Though we live close to the QMC and had the opportunity to stay there with Amaya, we chose not to as we also have a six-year-old daughter.

"It was like living two separate lives for eight months - we weren't able to have a proper family life together.

"It's a cliché, but having Amaya home really is the best Christmas present.

"The staff at the hospital have been so good to all of us - we couldn't have got through the last eight months without them. They've really supported us as a family - they've not just looked after Amaya, they've looked after all of us."

Amaya's story will be featured on today's edition of BBC East Midlands Today.

NHS Nottingham University Hospitals
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