An Australian baby who was stranded in Bali with a bacterial infection before being flown home for specialist treatment has been released from hospital.
Lucky Love captured the hearts of Australians last month when her mother Honey Ahimsa made a desperate attempt to get her then seven-week-old daughter home for life-saving treatment.
Lucky had been diagnosed with sepsis, severe pneumonia, organ failure (lungs), and RSV bronchiolitis.
She was medically evacuated to Brisbane on February 13 with a 50 percent chance of survival, while her family raised more than $100,000 in bills to keep her alive.
Nearly three weeks after returning home, Ms Ahimsa revealed on Sunday that her ‘miracle baby’ was finally on the mend.
Lucky Love (pictured with mom Honey Ahimsa) has been released from hospital after her health problems in Bali
“Best news – Lucky Love is home,” she wrote on Instagram.
“Lucky has been released from the hospital…. She has not yet fully recovered, although doctors have said she is well enough to continue her recovery at home.
“It’s also more dangerous for her to stay in the hospital because the chances of her getting another infection in that environment are high.
“We are blown away by how blessed we have been to allow our baby to survive when the odds were against her.
“She is a true miracle baby and a pillar of love (and) hope for all to see.”
Lucky’s family rushed her to a hospital in Bali on Feb. 8 after a seemingly harmless cough suddenly became severe, leaving the baby gasping for air.
She was diagnosed with sepsis, severe pneumonia, organ failure (lungs), and RSV bronchiolitis and was put on a ventilator as she struggled to breathe.
Lucky’s family was trapped in Southeast Asia, paying $8,000 a day to keep her alive. They made an urgent appeal for donations to secure a medical evacuation to Australia where their little girl could receive life-saving treatment.
Lucky’s story made international headlines as people from all over the world donated money and sent well wishes to the family as they fought to get her home.
The flight to Brisbane was estimated to cost $106,000, with an online charity fundraiser reaching over $190,000 within a few days of launch.
Honey Ahimsa and her fiancé Pan launched a plea for help to fly Lucky to Australia so she could get the best care she desperately needed
Ms Ahimsa was in tears last month when she opened up about Lucky’s urgent need to return to Australia to receive life-saving treatment
On Sunday, Ms. Ahisma shared her gratitude to “god, doctors, nurses, lactation consultants, friends, family, and random beautiful strangers” who all made Lucky’s recovery possible.
Describing the family’s journey over the past month, Ms Ahisma said the pain she experienced was “nothing I’ll ever be able to explain.”
“Most days I didn’t sleep, eat, drink, brush my teeth, shower, I was a mess. I never left my babies, staying with her day and night,” she wrote.
‘For the first few days, our son slept on the metal hospital chairs outside the ICU. Not nice for a child or anyone, but none of us could make her afraid to miss even a moment.
“We had no clothes and our whole family wore hospital gowns until kind souls gifted us some things.
“Food was brought to the hospital for us, essential oils, bedding, prayer blankets, breast pump, bottle disinfectant…. I can’t even list the ways people showed up for us that were never seen.”
Ms Ahimsa said her daughter is “such a powerful soul” and it is clear that their special girl is “here for a purpose”.
Many followers shared her joy and relief, describing Lucky’s recovery as a “miracle” and saying “this little girl has big big plans.”
‘This is so great. Crack shockingly beautiful. What a universal blessing,” commented one person.
‘THANK GOD!!! So relieved for you and your family. What a miracle it is,’ added another.
“So happy with the positive result,” wrote a third.
“May Lucky continue to thrive and live a life of purpose. You are all a beacon of hope for babies and families going through similar circumstances when modern medicine has reached its limits.”
Lucky’s legions of fans around the world have rejoiced at her ‘miraculous’ recovery