TOOWOOMBA Hospital's special care nursery has bid farewell to one of its patients just in time for Christmas Day.
Little Noah Erhardt was born on December 16 to first-time parents Jill Bath and Daniel Erhardt of Allora.
Weighing 3.85kg (eight pounds and eight ounces), Noah spent five days in the special care nursery under the watchful eye of staff.
Although Noah was initially quite unwell, staff aimed to get him home for his first Christmas.
"Noah came to us after he was born because he needed extra monitoring and some medications to set him on the right track," associate nurse unit manager Wendy Carlish said.
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"And now he is a perfectly healthy baby boy.
"It is wonderful to see him sent home to his family in time for Christmas Day."
Ms Bath said she was looking forward to getting settled into motherhood, surrounded by friends and family.
"It's just so nice; I get lost looking at him," Ms Bath said.
Mr Erhardt said he was also excited to share his new son with his extended family.
"I'm glad the staff did what they did and got Noah ready for home," he said.
"They did a great job of monitoring him and keeping a close eye on him.
"He is all healthy and happy now.
"I'm looking forward to getting him home; it will be the first time my family has seen him without his drip in."
The special care nursery has about 50 admissions per month with babies staying for a few days or up to a few months if they are born prematurely.
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