It is has been a long road for one Prince Albert family, but things are starting to look a little better going into the new year.
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Aurora Sky Brandi Ledoux, who was born prematurely before the death of her mother Brandy Lepine earlier this year in a car collision, was able to go home with her grandparents Josie and Leo Ledoux after Christmas.
“We have been home since (Friday),” Josie said. “I needed my time with my husband and (Aurora) to get used to the routine. We are home.”
Baby Aurora has been in the hospital since she was born and had to have two surgeries in recent months. The first was to put in a reservoir to drain fluid from her brain and the second, which was performed before Christmas, was to put in a shunt, Josie explained.
“They had to put a shunt in,” Josie said. “A shunt it where it drains the fluid from the brain into the stomach.”
The shunt is what allowed the baby to become more comfortable and be allowed to go home.
“We have been home now for four nights,” Josie said. “Things have been going OK right now.”
The family has seen a lot of support, not only from family and friends but also others who have no personal connection to the family.
“We feel comforted knowing that there are people out there who care,” Josie said. “And that they are willing to help us out, we are very grateful for that, me and my husband.”
They have been donated a crib by Pepsi in Prince Albert where Leo works and already have items such as a bouncy chair, a bassinet and a car seat.
She has even picked up the wallpaper and wall decorations for Aurora’s bedroom. It will be a safari theme, which was the idea Lepine was thinking about before she died.
“I would like to say thank you to the Ronald McDonald House for helping us out and everybody else who has contributed to Aurora and us,” Josie said.
Now that they are home, Josie said Aurora needs her rest so anyone who wants to visit should call first.
“I know it will be hectic once people know we are home,” Josie said. “The one thing we are kind of worried about is people being sick and coming over. I want to make sure they are not sick because she is very fragile right now too. She can all of a sudden get sick and I don’t want her to end up sick. She could end up in the hospital here.”
Donations to the family can be made through the Royal Bank in the name of Aurora Sky Brandi Ledoux.
Aurora was born in July through an emergency C-section shortly before the death of her mother Brandi Lepine from injuries sustained in a car collision at the intersection of 28th Street and 12th Avenue in Prince Albert. The driver of the car, Taylor Litwin, also died in the collision.
The driver of the other car, Jeremiah Jobb, is facing charges including impaired driving, in relation to the crash. His trail is scheduled for July.