Logan’s warm welcome at Reydon home after being born more than three months early
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A Reydon couple were toasting their 'little miracle' this week when their premature baby son arrived home from hospital – after defying the medical odds to survive.
Little Logan Taylor, now aged 14 weeks, was given a warm welcome on Monday when he was finally allowed home after being born more than three months early, weighing just 1lb 12oz.
Since his birth on February 11, Logan had spent all of his short life in baby care units.
He came into the world after his mother, Chloe Taylor, gave birth to him after only 24 weeks and six days, and he was immediately placed on a ventilator for seven weeks.
Doctors told her Logan had only a 30pc of survival and to take each day as it came.
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But he proved to be a little battler and, although he put mum Chloe, 20, and his father Ryan, 23, through the emotional wringer, Logan is slowly building up his strength and he now weighs a much healthier 5lb 14oz.
Chloe, of Evans Close, Reydon, said: 'After my waters broke, they told me there was only a 30pc chance of my baby surviving. I could not believe he was so small when he was born. I wasn't allowed to hold him for weeks.
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'Doctors told me to take each day as it comes. It was scary seeing Logan in the intensive unit.
'But is such a relief to have him home. He is such a lovely baby – and a real battler. I can't stop looking in on him and checking him.'
Because of his extremely premature birth, Logan still requires an oxygen tube because of scarring to his lungs and he will be closely monitored over the next year.
As well as his doting mother and father, Logan, who was due to be born on Monday, is now being fussed over by his grandmother Sharon Taylor, 48, and his uncles Matthew, 21, Rory 17 and George, 13.
Mrs Taylor said: 'I don't know how anything so tiny as Logan could survive – he is our little miracle. It is wonderful to have him home at last. Chloe and Ryan have gone through so much and been very brave about it.'
After Chloe's waters broke, she went to the James Paget University Hospital and was then taken to the Rosie Hospital's neo-natal intensive unit based in the grounds of Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.
Logan spent seven weeks at the Rosie Hospital, five of which were on a ventilator.
He was then transferred to Ipswich Hospital where he stayed until Monday.
While Logan was at Rosie Hospital his parents stayed for free at Chestnut House in Rosie Hospital.
Chestnut House is run by the Sick Children's Trust and has 8 en-suite bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, communal shared living room and full laundry facilities for families to use.
As a special thank you to Chestnut House, Logan's grandmother has organised a fund-raising jam session music night at the Angel Inn in Wangford next Friday.
Mrs Taylor said she wanted to give something back to Chestnut House as it had provided so much help and support to Chloe and Ryan, who works at Southwold Pier. 'Without it they would have had to travel to the hospital every day and pay to stay elsewhere in the area,' she said.
Chloe added: 'Chestnut House is a fantastic place. It had everything we needed.'
She also said she wanted to thank all the hospital staff who had treated Logan.
Chestnut House, which opened in October 2012, is one of eight 'home from home' sites run by the Children's Trust to help give parents a sense of solace while their babies are in hospital.
The trust needs to raise £1.3 a year to run the eight homes.
Alan Booth, the manager of Chestnut House, said: 'I am delighted Logan is home and his family are going to be raising money for us.
'I remember Chloe and Ryan very well. Chloe was amazing; for someone so young she faced up very well to life-changing circumstances.
'I think Chestnut House is extremely important as it keeps families very near to their fragile babies.'
The Tony and Friends Jam Night is being held from 7pm to 11.30pm at the Angel Inn, Wangford, next Friday.
It features Mrs Taylor's partner Tony Ingrouille and his friends Nick Westwoood and Pete Symonds and promises a night of 'well-known, feelgood songs'.
There will be collection buckets for the Children's Trust and a raffle, with tickets now on sale from The Village Store in Wangford and Daddylonglegs in Southwold.