Local Girl Born Without Rib Cage Continues to Defy Odds, Looking to Leave Hospital Soon

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London Kelly Oxford Cerebrocostomandibular Syndrome
Image via Kristy Thompson.
London Kelly.

After being born two months early and without a rib cage, London Kelly, who is nearing her first birthday, may soon be able to leave the hospital. Her mom, Kristy Thompson, will be relieved of not only worry but also the difficult logistics surrounding her care, writes Kelly Rule for FOX29.

Thompson is a single mother of three, and in the past year, London’s hospitalization became a difficult juggle with her other day-to-day responsibilities.

London, her youngest, was born with Cerebrocostomandibular Syndrome, an extremely rare disease. In 25 percent of these cases, the newborn does not survive.

But London showed grit, even as an infant. For months, the baby had numerous setbacks, including several bouts with pneumonia. But she and her mother kept moving forward, albeit slowly.

To increase London’s odds of long-term success, Thompson asked for her transfer from A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The risky move paid off, and the baby improved.

Now, it’s time to bring her home.

“I want her to smell food, I want her to look outside and see the sun, I want to take her for a walk,” said Thompson. “I’m going to be scared to do that, but I want her to be able to do that.”

Read more about London Kelly in FOX29.

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