Baby Comes Home After Long Hospitalization

LAWTON, Okla. (AP) - A baby born after just 24 weeks of pregnancy has gone home to Lawton to live with her family after spending 3½ years in hospitals.

Angelina Parker spent her first six months of life in the neonatal intensive care unit at Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City.

She lived the next three years at The Children's Center in Bethany - a rehabilitation hospital where she learned to breathe on her own and to walk.

Angelina may never be able to talk because her vocal cords were paralyzed by a breathing tube that was used during her first six months.

However she uses a small computerized machine to speak for her.

She's now home with her mother - Erin Francisco - and her 4-year-old sister and 2-year-old brother.


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