Baby who cannot cry finally home from hospital
The mother of a 14-month-old baby who cannot cry because of a baffling condition spoke of her joy yesterday after her daughter was finally allowed home.
Tiny Maddison Gill is unable to suck, swallow, gag or cough and doctors believe that she may be the only person in the world identified with the bizarre complaint.
Her condition means that she needs to be regularly fed and given medication through a tube and has to be watched at all times, especially at night.
But now, after spending her whole life in hospital, doctors have let Maddison move home after they agreed to implement a rigorous care routine from the comfort of her own bedroom.
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Tamsin Whately, 21, said she was excited that her daughter was finally coming home and could not believe that she would be able to use the bedroom meant for her.
She said: "It is the weirdest feeling in the world knowing that she will be in the bedroom next door. I'm so proud of her."
Doctors first realised something was wrong with Maddison when she began to gurgle instead of cry after she was born. But it was only when they gave the baby her first bottle and she turned blue and needed resuscitating that they realised it was a problem.
Maddison spent eight weeks on the neonatal unit at Musgrove Hospital Taunton. She was briefly allowed home, but had to quickly return and has been there almost ever since. Now Tamsin, partner Gene Gill, 23, and Maddison are home in Trull, Somerset