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Brave toddler finally home with family after spending entire life in hospital

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A brave toddler is finally home with his family after spending his entire life in hospital.Theo Chatham, from Bonnybridge, weighed just 3lb when he was born prematurely at 32 weeks in April 2021.

The tiny newborn was then blue-lighted to the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow at three-weeks-old with a life-threatening infection.

Doctors diagnosed Theo with necrotising enterocolitis - a deadly disease which eats away at the colon. The cute Scottish village that is home to lovely shops and country's 'best pub' Little Theo underwent three life-saving operations in a week to remove almost half of his intestines.By the time he was 17 months old, Theo had undergone 25 major operations as well as hundreds of smaller procedures.His parents Sarah and Gary had prepared for their baby son to have a long recovery period in hospital, but the months then turned into years.Sarah, 35, told the Record: "Theo was so small and fragile when he was born that we didn't get to hold him for the first five days of his life."Then he deteriorated rapidly and when he went into hospital as a baby he was in a critical condition."The doctors said they would have to remove a lot of his intestines and we were warned that if they had to take away more than 50% he would only live for five years.

They managed to leave him with 54% of his intestines but within a week he had three major operations and we were told he might not make it through every time."It was very difficult to cope.

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