The Invercargill family at the centre of a violent attack, which left their newborn daughter fighting for her life, hope to be reunited for Christmas.
The father of the now 10-week-old baby who suffered serious injuries just weeks after she was welcomed into the world, said he hoped both his wife and daughter would be able to join him for Christmas in their Invercargill home which became a crime scene in September.
The baby was rushed from her family home to Southland Hospital in the early hours of September 2, just three weeks after her parents held the child in their arms.
After being transferred from Southland Hospital to Auckland's Starship Children's Hospital, she has remained there since.
But her father said his baby daughter was making good progress and would undergo more tests today, with a camera being put down her nose.
The long-term effects from the ordeal she went through was unknown, he said.
"She's just improving all the time."
But he hoped he would be able to bring his daughter home as soon as possible, the family was just waiting for a carer to be trained to help look after her.
The carer would provide extra support and be a "second person there", but the father was not sure how long they would be needed for.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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