By Caroline Chen |
Brooklyn Mallard, 17 months old, spent the holidays surrounded by her Christmas gifts in a Pittsburgh hospital bed. She should have been home. Her doctors cleared her to leave the hospital last March. In Fairfield, Conn., Lorena DeCarlo left her job to get her 9-month-old son Lucas out of the hospital, learning how to change the breathing tube that keeps him alive. Katie Lawrence and her husband waited months before they were able to take their 4-month-old Jaxon out of a Naperville, Ill., facility called Almost Home, but only after Katie quit her job and the couple shelved plans to buy a house.