'Miracle baby' Ella released from hospital, back home in Gladewater
GLADEWATER, TX (KLTV) -
Baby Ella Sheridan has been released from Children's Hospital in Dallas and is resting at home in Gladewater with her family.
Ella had surgery Wednesday night to remove parts of her brain that were protruding from her head, including brain tissue doctors say was malformed.
Ella's mom, Samantha Sheridan, was first offered to terminate the pregnancy after doctors found the growths during an ultrasound to determine the baby's gender. Doctors said her chance of even making it to birth was almost zero.
Sheridan continued with the pregnancy anyway, planning for a funeral before even giving birth.
"It's like any other child," Sheridan said. "If they're sick, you're going to give them medical attention and that's the way we feel with her. If she has a complication, she gets the proper care and we go from there."
Sheridan says her baby is awake and responsive following the surgery.
"When you talk to her, she looks in the direction that you're talking, so she knows enough to know where you're coming from," Sheridan said. "She looks around for you. She knows what's going on."
There is a chance of physical and mental disability from the procedure, but so far Baby Ella's mom says her daughter is acting just like any other normal baby.
"If there's any disability, we can't tell because she still moves her arms and legs and things and kicks and screams," she said. "As far as we can tell from milestones that a normal infant would have, she has all of them."