Community Welcomes Baby Home After Six Months In Hospital On Ventilator

By Meredith Ganzman/Joe Cingrana

A very sick little baby got a huge homecoming from her friends, family, and community after more than six months of being in the hospital. 

Mom Emily Boedeker says Elliana Faith was born with Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome or CCHS and needs a tracheostomy and ventilator in order to survive. On the day Ellie finally got to go home, her parents were planning to only have a few people over to see her but were shocked when they turned onto their street to see signs, balloons, and many more people there to welcome baby Ellie home. 

Since getting out of the hospital, Ellie has been learning to breathe better on her own and only needs the ventilator while she’s sleeping. 

As she grows, one thing is for sure -- Ellie will have lots of love and support to help her on her way!