Tiny miracle goes home with Garibaldi mum
Published: January 24, 2006 | 3356th good news item since 2003
AFTER a five week battle for his life, the baby of Garibaldi food poisoning victim Kelly Owen is finally home.
Baby Damon became a second generation victim of the food poisoning a decade after his mum ate E coli bacteria-infected Garibaldi mettwurst.
Born eight weeks’ premature in the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Damon has fought hard just to breathe on his own and put on weight.
Ms Owen and fiance Michael Evans yesterday told The Advertiser their little boy had astounded doctors with his speedy recovery after being born with a weight of 1320g.
“It’s just so exciting to have him home with us,” said Ms Owen, who took Damon to the family’s Andrews Farm home on Saturday. “I can wake at night and feed him now.
“He’s finally and completely our little boy.
“The doctors and nurses were shocked by how well he has done – we’ve basically been able to bring him home three weeks earlier than expected.”
Ms Owen, now 18, has been in and out of hospital since the 1995 outbreak when she was just seven years old.
The epidemic – which killed one child and made 23 seriously ill – also made Ms Owen’s pregnancy a day-to-day battle to find the right dose of medicine to stabilise her failing kidneys and high blood pressure, while not harming her baby.
A midwife will conduct home visits and regular weigh-ins to monitor his progress “but otherwise he’s perfectly healthy”, Ms Owen said.
Despite weighing a healthier 2140g, his size 00000 clothing is still swimming on Damon’s little body.
Indeed, in five weeks Damon has come a very long way.
“All the tubes and feeding lines are gone. He’s doing it all on his own,” Ms Owen said.