Warm welcome home for miracle toddler

Jessica in hospital on April 16.
Jessica in hospital on April 16.

A battling toddler who astounded doctors with a miraculous recovery has made it home.

Jessica Holmes’ parents were twice told their daughter – who has life-threatening leukaemia – would not survive the night.

But now the amazing two-year-old is back home after fighting off three lung infections.

She will go back to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital twice a week for physio to help build up her wasted muscles. Her parents have been told she should be walking again in around six weeks.

Jessica astonished her family and medics when she woke from a three week-long coma – just weeks after her internal organs started to shut down and doctors twice told her distraught parents to say goodbye.

Mum Mandy, who lived in Morecambe for 12 years and worked for Bare Hall carers, said: “She ended up in intensive care and we were told twice that she wouldn’t make it through the night. She was put into a coma because she caught three lung infections and her lungs collapsed. Her stomach and bowel both shut down and she was knocking on death’s door.”

But suddenly Jessica started to fight against the ventilation machine she was on, and gradually began breathing on her own.

Naturally, the battle has taken its toll on the tot whose family now live in Catterall near Garstang.

Mandy said: “She is like a newborn baby again. She can move her head but can’t walk or roll over or sit up because her muscles aren’t strong enough.”

Jessica was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia last summer.

She was rushed to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and began chemotherapy.

She also had steroid treatment as well as several blood transfusions, and later developed brittle bone disease.

The toddler missed three chemo sessions while she was in a coma and is now having oral treatment, which will continue every day for the next two years.