Francesco Bruno went home from hospital for the first time on Tuesday after spending the first 1,000 days of his life in hospitals.From La Rabida Hospital.
Francesco will turn three in December.
She saw nothing but the inside of the hospital, relying on ventilators to breathe and tubes to help with food for her entire life.
But on Tuesday everything changed.
“We are very happy, nervous, stressed, scared, overwhelmed, really happy, very happy. It’s a melting pot of emotions,” said Emanuele Bruno, Francesco’s father.
Francesco has a life-threatening genetic condition that affects his bones and muscles. He was diagnosed with a rare form of skeletal dysplasia that specifically affects his ribs, which makes it difficult for his lungs to develop properly.
But his parents say that he is a fighter.
“they told us [when] He was about to be born, he was only going to live for 30 minutes. It is truly a miracle that he is with us today,” said his mother, Priscilla Bruno.
Francesco has been to four hospitals in three states.
On Tuesday, he was to go home and be with his family.
It is emotional not only for his parents, but also for the staff of La Rabida Hospital.
Taking Francesco home wouldn’t be without challenges, but hospital staff said he was getting stronger every day, and his parents took classes and were trained to meet his many needs.
“The day he was first admitted, talks had begun between our case management and our nursing team to prepare and prepare him,” said Olivia Hayes, the nurse in charge of La Rabida.
“We’re going to do it in one day, as we’ve been doing so far,” Emanuele Bruno said.