After nearly two years in the Hospital, Dimi went home for the first time.

Dimi was born in August 2012 with a serious bowel condition and a chronic lung disease. It meant that he relied on drips, tubes and breathing apparatus to help keep him alive; equipment that could only be accessed from within the Hospital.

After his first two years, with the extraordinary support from the incredible team at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital and the tender love of his Mum Anne, they embarked for home. A milestone only possible thanks to a portable breathing machine on loan from the Hospital. His Mum, who was at his side every day during those years, remarked,

“It makes a huge difference to our lives because we were at home as a family instead of spending Christmas and birthdays in Hospital.”

Dimi continues remarkable physical improvement. When he first arrived home from the Hospital he was not crawling or sitting up. After spending time with his family at home, he started to stand using a walking frame, then a walker, to only just recently finding his own legs and walking independently. Anne said “I saw him out of the corner of my eye and asked, ‘Did you just walk?’ He just looked at me — he was very sneaky about it at first.”

Doctors and nurses provide the most incredible support; deeply caring and warm, but there is no place like home. Anne recalled,

“I remember being told he may never come home.”

And Dimi, beyond all expectations, is thriving at home. The warmth and comfort of the family home is second to none, a place where a child’s life flourishes. He is growing every day, going to school, and like most boys his age, loves to watch ‘Postman Pat’.

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