Ipswich: Joy as tiny baby Dylan is home at last

IPSWICH: After three long months precious baby Dylan Baker is finally home where he belongs.

The tiny tot was born three months premature weighing just 1lb 15oz on October 22 last year, 40 minutes after his twin brother Devon, who weighed 1lb 10oz.

But tragedy struck when fragile Devon lost his battle to survive after suffering a bleed on his brain at birth.

Devastated, mum Julie Plant, held her baby son for the first time, as he peacefully passed away just four weeks after the twins were born, on November 20.

As they struggle to come to terms with losing Devon, parents Julie Plant and Lee Baker, of Clump Field, off Cambridge Drive, are today looking to the future as they celebrate Dylan’s long-awaited homecoming.

Weighing 6lbs 6oz the brave youngster will be on oxygen for the next three months as treatment for lung disease.

For his parents, the last four months has been a rollercoaster of emotions.

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Julie, 41, said it is a “huge relief” to bring Dylan home after losing Devon, and fearing their surviving son may not make it.

“It was devastating losing Devon, and although Dylan was OK, it was so worrying having him in hospital,” she said.

“Dylan is extra special, because of the fight he has been through.

“He is a brave little boy, he is battling lung disease and he is Devon’s twin, he will always be a reminder of Devon and for that he will be so special.”

For grieving mum Julie, having her baby son home, is going some way to helping her cope with the loss of his brother.

“It feels wonderful to have him home,” she added. “It has been a long, long, hard road getting here.

“I still have my ups and downs, at times I feel guilty for getting excited but Devon will never be forgotten.

“I look at him and see Devon. Even though they weren’t identical they were brothers and there were similarities.”

At nearly four months old, Dylan is gradually getting stronger and gaining weight.

Dad Lee said: “He is doing brilliant, he takes his bottles and you know when he is hungry, he loves his food. He is a proper little boy.

“It feels really great to have him home, it is about time, it has been so long.”

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