An Australian baby who was stranded in Bali with a bacterial infection before she was flown back home for specialist treatment has been discharged from hospital.
Lucky Love captured the hearts of Australians last month when her mother Honey Ahimsa launched a desperate bid 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 per cent chance of survival, with her family racking up more than $100,000 in bills to keep her alive.
Almost three weeks since returning home, Ms Ahimsa revealed on Sunday her ‘miracle baby’ was finally on the mend.
Lucky Love (pictured with mum Honey Ahimsa) has been discharged from hospital following her health scare in Bali
‘Best news — Lucky Love is home,’ she wrote on Instagram.
‘Lucky has been discharged from hospital …. she is not fully recovered though doctors have said that she is well enough to continue her recovery at home.
‘It’s also more dangerous for her to stay in hospital as the chances of her getting another infection is high in that environment.
‘We are overwhelmed by how blessed we have been to have our baby girl survive when the odds were against her.
‘She is a true miracle baby and a pillar of love (and) hope for everyone to witness.’
Lucky’s family rushed her to a hospital in Bali on February 8 after a seemingly innocent cough suddenly turned severe, leaving the infant gasping for air.
She was diagnosed with sepsis, severe pneumonia, organ failure (lungs) and RSV-bronchiolitis and placed on a ventilator as she struggled to breathe.
Stuck in South East Asia paying $8,000-a-day to keep her alive, Lucky’s family issued an urgent plea for donations to secure a medical evacuation back to Australia where their little girl could receive life-saving treatment.
Lucky’s story made international headlines as people from around the globe donated money and sent the family well wishes as they fought to get her home.
The flight to Brisbane was quoted at $106,000, with an online fundraiser for the cause reaching over $190,000 within a few days of being launched.
Honey Ahimsa and her fiance Pan launched a plea for help getting Lucky airlifted to Australia so she could get the best care she urgently needed
Ms Ahimsa was in tears last month as 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 consultant’s, friends, family and random beautiful strangers’ who all made Lucky’s recovery possible.
Detailing the family’s journey over the past month, Ms Ahisma said the pain she experienced was ‘unlike anything I will 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 side, staying with her day and night,’ she wrote.
‘The first few days our son slept on the metal hospital chairs outside of the ICU. Not nice for a child or anyone but none of us could leave her scared to miss a single moment.
‘We had no clothing and our whole family wore hospital gowns until kind souls donated us some things.
‘Food was brought to the hospital for us, essential oils, bedding, prayer blankets, breast pump, bottle sanitiser…. I can’t even list the ways that people showed up for us that was never seen.’
Ms Ahimsa said her daughter is ‘such a powerful soul’ and it is clear their special girl is ‘here with purpose’.
Many followers shared in her joy and relief, describing Lucky’s recovery as a ‘miracle’ and saying ‘this little girl has big big plans’.
‘This is so wonderful. Tear jerkingly beautiful. What a universal blessing,’ one person commented.
‘THANK GOD!!! So so relieved for you and your family. What a miracle it is,’ another added.
‘So happy for the positive outcome,’ a third wrote.
‘May Lucky continue to thrive and lead a life of purpose. You all are a beacon of hope for babies and families going through similar circumstances when modern medicine has reached it’s limits.’
Lucky’s legions of fans worldwide have rejoiced over her ‘miracle’ recovery