Posted: Jul 9, 2013 9:01 AM by Judy Slate
Updated: Jul 9, 2013 9:12 AM
After four long months, a Belgrade baby born with a severe heart defect is finally able to leave the hospital.
Brad and Christie Dahl, the parents of baby Poppy, are rejoicing at the news that their daughter has been discharged from Seattle Children's Hospital.
"It's good. We got to finally bring our baby home. It's like having a newborn baby at home, a little extra needs, but it's awesome," Christie said.
Poppy was born in early March. Surgeries to fix her defective heart didn't work and she received a transplant last month. Since then, she's been steadily improving.
Brad and Christie received intensive training before Poppy's release, learning how to care for their daughter. She needs 16 different medications, three times a day.
"Her meds are so specific," Christie said.
As the family adjusts to being back together, Poppy isn't out of the woods yet. She had her first visit to the hospital on Monday since being discharged. Doctors say she's doing well. She weighs 14 pounds. The Dahls will have to stay in Seattle for a few months so doctors can continue to monitor her progress.