Christmas gifts don't get much better than seeing your daughter leave a hospital after spending more than a year there.
Langstyn Beville, wearing a red and green Christmas dress made by her grandmother, was wheeled out of The Children's Center on Monday amid cheers and hugs from staff members and fellow patients.
It has been a long road for Langstyn, and her mother, Taylia Beville.
“That she's going home with me is such a miracle because we've seen her at her lowest points where we didn't think she would make it another hour, but she just popped back up and let us know that she's not going anywhere,” Beville said. “We're very excited about our miracle story.”
Langstyn has been in and out of hospitals for most of her life. Born prematurely, she weighed just 11 ounces, so small that even the special diapers made for premature babies were too big for her. Her twin sister died two weeks after she was born.
Langstyn, who will be 3 in April, was born with pulmonary hypertension, a condition that is serious but controlled through medication. She spent nearly a year and a half at The Children's Center and had hospital stays of five and eight months before that. She has spent less than three months of her life at home.
“She actually went back into the hospital two years ago and was intubated, paralyzed and sedated on Christmas Eve, so she completely missed Christmas,” Beville said. “This year, she's healthy and knows what's going on. She's very excited about Christmas.”