Kee-Ijah could return to island this month

  • Target achieved Kee-Ijah Bailey’s family has raised more than $18,000(Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

    Target achieved Kee-Ijah Bailey’s family has raised more than $18,000(Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

Premature Christmas Day baby Kee-Ijah Bailey could be home this month.

The youngster has received so much support from the public that the Bailey family have raised enough money to repay the charity which helped fly her overseas for treatment.

Mother Elisha Joell said doctors are pleased with Kee-Ijah’s progress in the Sick Kids Hospital, Toronto.

She said: “Everything’s going well. She’s looking really good — they say she’s the first premmie they have seen so advanced.”

Kee-Ijah, born almost two months early weighing just 3lb 8oz and suffering lung problems, was first cared for at the neonatal intensive care unit at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.

Her condition failed to improve and she was sent overseas on December 29.

At the specialist unit, Kee-Ijah has required assistance to breathe and doctors found evidence of bleeding on her brain, but Ms Joell remains upbeat.

“We will be returning very soon,” Ms Joell said. She added she believed they would be back in Bermuda “before the month is out”.

The medical evacuation was funded with help from the Lady Cubitt Compassionate Association.

Since then, the family set up a GoFundMe page to repay the LCCA, with a target of $15,000.

The amount raised has surpassed that figure, and yesterday stood at $18,120. More than 200 people have made contributions, ranging from $10 to $700.

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Published Jan 22, 2018 at 8:00 am (Updated Jan 22, 2018 at 12:01 am)

Kee-Ijah could return to island this month

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