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Finley's Friends appeal: Mum's thanks to Holly House care centre

A mum whose baby daughter was born two months premature says Accrington care centre Holly House has been invaluable in helping her ‘little miracle’.

Sienna-Rose Young celebrates her first birthday in February after being born several weeks premature. Pictured here with mum Romi-Jane Young

A mum whose baby daughter was born two months premature says Accrington care centre Holly House has been invaluable in helping her ‘little miracle’.

Romi-Jane Young’s daughter  Sienna-Rose was born last February weighing only 3lb and 1oz and spent months in hospital. Mum and daughter have been attending Holly House a few days each week since bringing Sienna-Rose home from hospital last summer.

Sienna-Rose was put on a ventilator to help with her breathing and Romi-Jane, of Marlborough Street, Accrington, was warned on several occasions her baby might not make it. Sienna-Rose recently underwent her seventh major operation to have a feeding tube removed from her nose and attached to her stomach as she is struggling to get enough food.

The Observer’s Finley’s Friends appeal is aiming to raise £20,000 for Holly House and Romi-Jane, 26, said part of Sienna-Rose’s success story is down to the care and attention she been given at the Blackburn Road centre.

She said: “I had never heard of Holly House until we were referred there when Sienna-Rose came home, but it has been a fantastic support for both of us.  She goes to the nursery from 9am to 3pm on a Monday which is also respite time for me. The time is focused on child development and she spends time interacting with some of the sensory equipment there to develop her skills.

“She is behind on her development but we are looking into that. She is not sitting up or walking yet but can roll over and smiles all of time.

“She uses the feeding tube so we can make sure she gets enough food. If she starts suckling and eating on her own we will be able to remove it in future.” In addition to the respite service, Romi-Jane and Sienna-Rose have also been going to play group.

Romi-Jane said: “There are different activities in the playroom designed to stimulate her mind. I’ve gotten to know some of the other mums and we have a great time together.

“The staff at Holly House are fantastic and really supportive. If I have any problems I can ring them and get advice.”

To celebrate Sienna-Rose’s first birthday on Saturday, February 9, a party is being organised for family and friends.

Romi-Jane said: “We are having a big party for her to celebrate how far she has come. She is a little miracle.”

 
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