ADORABLE Talia Foster was able to spend Christmas at home with her loving family after being released from hospital just days before.
The Mail reported how the brave four-year-old was in a race against time to be home for the big day after she was diagnosed with a chest infection while on a routine visit to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.
After being transferred to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, Talia, spent a week on oxygen.
The youngster, who suffers in a battle against daily seizures, was unable to cough up the fluids which built up on her lungs.
But luckily, just four days before Christmas, doctors gave Talia’s delighted parents, Clair, 38, and Brendan, 37, the news that the youngster would be allowed home, meaning she could spend the big day with her older sister, Gabrielle, eight, and brother, Callum, 17.
“We were over the moon to get Talia home,” said Clair.
“Obviously we wanted her to be at home for Christmas and not be in hospital, but we wanted her to be home for Callum and Gabrielle’s sake as well.
“She still wasn’t at her best, but it was lovely to get her home in time.”
The chest infection for Talia was a blow at the end of a fantastic year for the youngster, which saw her develop peripheral vision and even manage to take a few steps with the help of physiotherapists, showing huge improvement on the years previous when she was unable to even sit up unaided.
But fortunately her condition improved in time for Christmas.
“They managed to get Talia off the oxygen which we needed for her to be allowed home,” added Clair.
“She was still quite poorly and I had to do chest physio on her four times a day.
“She was unhappy in herself, obviously because she wasn’t feeling very well but she will get stronger and happier.”
As well as her condition improving throughout 2012, Talia also got a brand new specialist sensory bedroom thanks to generous Mail readers raising a staggering £34,000.