Preemie that was born weighing just 1 pound, 5 ounces in March is released from hospital for first time

A 10-month-old who was born prematurely in March was finally allowed to go home from Brighton’s Franciscan Hospital for Children today, allowing him to spend his first Christmas at home.

Romeo Cooper, born March 15, has spent his whole life in a hospital. He was born weighing just 1 pound, 5 ounces at 26 weeks. He was transferred to the Franciscan Hospital for Children when he was 4 months old.

Romeo’s parents, Renee and Vincent, took him to their Dorchester home for Christmas — and for good.

“We didn’t expect this to happen and we’re very excited about it,’’ Renee Cooper said. “We’re so overly joyful.’’


Romeo had to undergo several medical procedures shortly before the holidays, Cooper said, so the family was not anticipating bringing Romeo home so soon.

“It is the best Christmas ever,’’ she said. “This IS Christmas.’’

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