Hornchurch baby gets to go home for the first time after more than 100 days in hospital

PUBLISHED: 10:56 12 August 2016

Baby Ronnie with Gill Watson, mum Kim and play specialist Alison Stephen.

Baby Ronnie with Gill Watson, mum Kim and play specialist Alison Stephen.


A loving mum has spoken about her delight of getting her baby boy finally home after he spent more than 100 days in hospital.

Little Ronnie Norman has stayed in three different hospitals since his birth in April after a series of health complications.

Ronnie was born with exomphalos - a condition which meant his abdomen had not fully developed and his bowel was protruding.

It meant surgeons had to operate on him just three days into his young life.

Ronnie has also had to have two hernias repaired when he was just a month old and in July, he had surgery to close holes in his heart.

After spending eight weeks on the neonatal unit at Queen’s Hospital, Rom Valley Way, Romford, the baby boy finally got to go to his Hornchurch home on July 29.

His mum Kim Bull has thanked staff at the hospital for all their hard work and support.

She said: “He surprised us all with his recovery from his heart surgery and I could have a cuddle much quicker than I thought, which was lovely as when he was born I had to wait a week for my first cuddle.

“All the doctors and nurses were lovely but we were so excited to get home, we had a lot of people who wanted to meet him.”

Staff at Queen’s Hospital marked Ronnie’s 100th day in care by presenting him and his mum with a certificate and present.

Gill Watson, senior sister on Tropical Lagoon children’s ward, said: “It was a small gesture from us so we could do something nice for the family, particularly as little Ronnie hasn’t had the easiest of starts.

“He’s such a gorgeous baby, we all loved having him, but of course we’re much happier now that he’s at home where he belongs and is doing so well.”

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