Alliyah Broadby is heading home to the Gold Coast after 14 months in a Brisbane hospital. Photo: FacebookUnlike most youngest siblings, 14-month-old Alliyah Broadby isn’t lucky enough to be surrounded by her brothers and sisters in the comforts of a family home.
Instead, it is the cries of sick babies she regularly hears at the Mater Children’s Hospital Intensive Care Unit.
Having lived her whole life in the hospital, Alliyah’s family are looking forward to finally bringing her home to the Gold Coast in the coming months.
Alliyah was born with Meconium Aspiration Syndrome, a condition which leads to toxins being present in a newborn’s lungs. Later she developed diaphragm, heart and respiratory conditions which required round-the-clock monitoring.
After lobbying the state government, her parents Kathryn Gordon and Mark Broadby have received the news that she will be able to move from Brisbane to the Gold Coast University Hospital thanks to new facilities and staff training.
Ms Gordon hopes it won’t be long before Alliyah can spend days at their Elanora home, and eventually the nights when trained carers are assigned by Queensland Health to watch over her.
Ms Gordon said she is looking forward to taking her daughter away from the ICU.
“She’s high needs and high risk and that’s what the doctors keep telling us. But we feel we can manage that and we want to do it out of here,” Ms Gordon said.
“Just the idea of having her home every single day is going to be huge.”
Ms Gordon said her daughter enjoys music therapy and dancing, and her next challenge will be learning to make noises with a specialised valve in her throat.
“For someone who’s been so institutionalised, she’s such a normal baby,” Ms Gordon said.
When she does eventually move home, Alliyah will be given the family master bedroom which will be filled with ventilators, suction machines, an oxygen statistics monitor, food pumps and other equipment.
There will also be three other siblings to keep her company at home, along with two others who will be keen to visit.
Queensland Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said the toddler would move to the Gold Coast University hospital from mid next month.
“She has had strong support every day from her family, but for her mum, dad and brothers and sisters, it has been a tough time,” he said.
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