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Christmas baby Kee-Ijah back in Bermuda

A premature baby girl airlifted off the island for emergency medical treatment in Canada has returned to Bermuda.

Christmas Day baby Kee-Ijah Bailey and her mother, Elisha Joell, flew back to the island last week after nearly four weeks of treatment at the Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto.

Kee-Ijah is now back at the neonatal intensive care unit at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, where she will remain for the coming weeks.

But her family said they hoped she would be able to return to the family home in Warwick to join her two siblings before the end of the month.

Ms Joell told The Royal Gazette that her daughter continued to improve, gain weight and make excellent progress.

She said: “She’s doing very well, she’s on a low flow of oxygen and we are trying to get her to feed by mouth.

“She weighs 4lbs 13oz now and is growing wonderfully.”

Kee-Ijah was born almost two months early at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital on the evening of Christmas Day.

She weighed just 3lb 8oz and was suffering from lung problems.

She was at first cared for in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit. But her condition failed to improve and doctors at the end of December recommended that she be sent overseas to a specialist unit in Toronto.

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

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

But donations exceeded the target and stood yesterday at $18,220. More than 200 people have made contributions, ranging from $10 to $700.

Back together again: Kee-Ijah, inset on the iPad shortly after birth, has returned to Bermuda with her family. Father Murry Bailey is at left, with sons Kimurry Bailey and Kimir Bailey, and his partner Elisha Joell (File photograph by Blaire Simmons)