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Parents overjoyed to bring premature son Pace home to Stourport

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Pace was cared for in Bristol and then in Worcestershire with his parents visiting every day

The parents of a baby born more than three months premature said they were "completely overjoyed" to bring him home for the first time.

He has had six blood transfusions and still needs oxygen but is well enough to go home to Stourport-on-Severn.

Parents Bella Galbraith and Paul Jones took him home on Wednesday.

"We're absolutely over the moon," Ms Galbraith said.

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Bella Galbraith said they were "so glad" Pace was home

"Even though he's left hospital, he still has oxygen here so we're still not out of it, but we're so glad that he's home. It's just incredible."

Pace was born at 25 weeks on 7 March and was very unwell, his family said.

"There were times it was certain he wasn't going to make it and I think when you try to explain that to your family members and they don't quite understand how precarious a situation he was in.

"At times there were questions about his survival, but luckily he made and he's here now," his mother said.

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Pace was brought home by his parents last week

Mr Jones said they were at Bristol Hospital for seven weeks which was a "tough time" because of his condition. Moving him to Worcestershire was a "big step" for the family.

The couple said they were very grateful to all the staff who looked after him and they hope he has a healthy future ahead.

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Pace was at Bristol Hospital for seven weeks

"There are issues around eyes and sight, but his hearing is fine we know he can hear and there's possibly developmental issues later on but we'll have to see about that," Ms Galbraith added.

"Just to have him back is fantastic news," Mr Jones added.

"We were looking forward to it for a long time and once the day finally came we were just excited and over the moon to have him here."

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