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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • ‘Baby Nora’ making progress

  • “Baby Nora,” the 7-week-old Hannibal infant who was hospitalized with critical injuries on June 3, is making good progress, according to her mother, Melinda Britt.
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  • “Baby Nora,” the 7-week-old Hannibal infant who was hospitalized with critical injuries on June 3, is making good progress, according to her mother, Melinda Britt.
    During a phone interview Monday, June 9, Melinda said, “they took her off of her ventilator and are letting us hold her.
    “We are hoping to start feeding tomorrow,” Melinda continued. First it was necessary “to see if she would aspirate because of having the ventilator. They didn’t want her to have anything in her stomach until they knew she would be OK.
    “I know as long as she continues to do well and be able to feed, after that they will be moving us out of ICU to a regular floor,” Melinda said.
    Melinda is staying in her daughter’s hospital room at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. “I don’t ever leave,” she said. Her mother, Pastor Kim Britt, is there with them.
    When Nora was first being treated for her injuries, she was taken from Hannibal Regional Hospital to Children’s Hospital.
    Nora has received lots of attention on Facebook and other social media, often with the promise of prayers, and Melinda said, “we appreciate all the prayers and ask that they be ongoing as we continue down our journey. Thank you for all the support.”
    A Hannibal man is being held for allegedly assaulting her. Marion County Prosecuting Attorney David Clayton reported Monday that charges have been filed against Dustin Dye, who remained in jail on Monday. (See related article.)
    Meanwhile, Melinda is encouraged by the health care Nora has received. Because of her injuries, Melinda said, “she was kept sedated until Friday.
    “They are amazing here,” she said of the hospital. “They are going to redo X-rays to make sure everything is healing and going the way it is supposed to.
    “It’s all part of the process, that once she was out of the ventilator, they would start redoing X-rays.” On Monday Nora began physical therapy for her muscles, she said.
    Asked how Nora is sleeping, Melinda said “yesterday she slept mostly during the day and she was up for the first part of the night. And (on Monday) she slept all morning and now she has been awake ever since.”
    Also on Monday, Melinda said, “she had a bath and we got to dress her up. She is breathing really well and she looks around and she smiled a couple times.”
    It is still too early to talk about when she will go home, Melinda said. “I have asked, and they don’t feel comfortable giving a prediction.”
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