Family Brings Home Something Special for Thanksgiving

By Mitch Swersky
|  Wednesday, Nov 24, 2010  |  Updated 2:15 PM PDT
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Family Brings Home Something Special for Thanksgiving

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A premature baby who spent close to a month in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Sharp Memorial got to go home just in time for Thanksgiving.

Cecilia Abraham's water broke when she was six-months pregnant. She had to stay at the hospital for five-and-a-half weeks before she gave birth to Ella on Oct. 30.

"When you see a baby make such progress in such a short amount of time, and families that are so excited to take their babies home and enjoy the holidays and enjoy those precious early moments -- it's the best feeling in the world," occupational therapist Beth Graalman said.
   
Ella faced some complications but is finally heading home on Wednesday. The Abrahams said the moment is bittersweet.

"These guys are like family," Paul Abrahams said. "From the lady at the front to the gentleman in the parking structure, they're family. So it's sad to leave but very happy to get her home."

Ella is the Abraham's second child. Their first-born had a normal birth without complications.
   
Ella is doing very well, according to her nurses. Despite being premature, she is expected to live a normal life.
 

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