A premature baby who spent the first seven months of his life in hospital fighting for his life has been allowed home for his first ever Christmas.
Little Fred Sinfield’s parents feared the worst when he was born 10 weeks early and needed to be resuscitated when he was only four hours old.
But Fred proved to be a fighter and is now strong enough to be able to spend Christmas with dad Ian, 35, and mum Hanna, 37, at their home in Basildon, Essex.
Mr Sinfield said: “It is absolutely fantastic to have him home.
“We waited eight years for him and then after going through everything to be able to take him home is incredible.
“He’s doing really well. He had his feeding tube removed on Monday and he’s been cooing and his appetite has really improved.
“He’s been smiling at the Christmas lights on the tree and the difference since he came home is amazing.”
He added: “He’s home, safe and well. That’s what’s important. He’s our miracle.
“He went through so much, so early yet here he is with us at home and we cannot wait to celebrate his first Christmas, which will be extra special – not only because it’s the first, but because he will be at home, where he belongs.”
Fred was born by emergency caesarian section in Basildon Hospital in May.
Shortly afterwards he was transferred to The Rosie Hospital in Cambridge and relied on a ventilator to breathe.
As well as his breathing problems he was also diagnosed with myotonic dystrophy, a rare muscle weakening disorder.
After six weeks in The Rosie he improved and was transferred back to Basildon Hospital where his condition improved further and he was able to go back home in September.
He is still receiving treatment and will continue to be monitored by medical staff but things are looking for him.
Mr Sinfield said: “He does have some ongoing issues related to him arriving 10 weeks early and also his myotonic dystrophy – but it’s not the end of the world.”
The couple have been supported by charity the Sick Children’s Trust, which paid for their accommodation while Fred was in Cambridge.
The couple have repaid this kindness by raising £1,300 for the charity.