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Family's joy as brave tot Elie leaves hospital bed after 38 days in a coma

A DUBLIN baby who was kept in an induced coma for 38 days in Boston has finally left her hospital ward.

Little Elie Madden (1) has awoken and made the first trip out of her hospital room in months.

The miracle tot underwent a vital operation in the US which saw her spend more than a month in a coma. She had spent the first nine months of her life in Crumlin Children's Hospital before undergoing pioneering surgery in the States.

However, while her parents are delighted at her progress, they revealed their little fighter still has many hurdles to overcome before she can fly home.

"Her trachea is like Swiss cheese at the minute. They must now try and connect the aorta to her trachea. This will be her seventh major operation," said her dad Eddie.

Eddie added that they were delighted that Elie was now alert, clapping her hands and kicking her feet. The family had hoped that Elie would be fit enough to return home by now. However, a number of setbacks have delayed their plans.

Last November, Elie was flown to Boston on the Government jet along with her mum Esti and twin sister Emie. Eddie has remained in Dublin to work but has visited when he can.

Elie was diagnosed with a rare digestive disorder at birth. A 5cm gap between her oesophagus and stomach prevented her from being able to eat or swallow without medical equipment.

The HSE and VHI are supporting the cost of the treatment, but the Maddens' stay in Boston has required extensive fundraising. For more information on how to help Elie, visit www.eliemadden.com