Helping hands welcome little Willow

A CARLTON family has welcomed a beautiful baby girl in the most difficult of circumstances.

But despite the difficulties, the family has been overwhelmed by the generosity of friends, family, the community and strangers.

Katelyn and Matt Innes, along with two-year-old son Aiden, welcomed Willow Grace Elizabeth on July 30, six weeks early.

Mrs Innes, 25, was pregnant when she had a brain hemorrhage earlier this year which left her in a coma.

A little more than three months ago, Mrs Innes collapsed suddenly and was taken to the Royal Hobart Hospital where she spent three weeks in the ICU.

She is now out of the coma and working hard on movement on her left side and on her coordination.

Willow was born weighing just over 2.25kg and both mum and baby are doing very well.

“Katelyn you never cease to amaze me with you determination and strength. We love you both endlessly, so very, very proud of you,’’ Katelyn’s mother Yanina Smith said on Facebook.

The family has expressed their gratitude for those who have supported them through a gofundme page and a recent fundraiser at the Gordon Highlander Hotel.

Mayor Kerry Vincent presented Mr Innes with almost $5000 from the event.

Donations and fundraisers from people involving in the dog show community have also been generous.

Mrs Innes is a dog show judge.

Locals who provided prizes at the Highlander fundraiser included: Rural Solutions, Sorell; Coles Newsagents and Lotto; Ninth Island Wines (courtesy of Michael and Cheryl Devine); Sorell Fine Meats; Caltex Sorell; Pembroke Hotel and Bottle Shop; Holts Mitre 10, Sorell; Dodges Ferry Bar and Cafe; Sorell Newsagency; Coles Sorell; Dodges Ferry Meat; Heath’s Tyres; Sorell RSL and patrons; Sorell Football Club and supporters; Webby; Swoop; L’il Raech; Big Dale; Jezza; Brownie; Kasey; P Jones and P Fletcher.

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