Heartwarming pictures show a baby struck by the 'worst meningitis case' in 25 years being cradled by her parents after being allowed home for the first time in months.
Kia Gott has been in hospital since September and her devastated family were at one point told by medics that she would likely die.
The 17-month-old has been left brain damaged, possibly blind and has had all four of her limbs amputated as doctors battled desperately to keep her alive.
But she refused to give up her fight and yesterday Kia was allowed home for the first time on a day-release basis from Bradford Royal Infirmary.
Her emotional father Paul, 35, from Wyke, West Yorkshire, described the moment as 'the best present I've ever had delivered to my door'.
Although the long-awaited visit lasted just for one day, he and his wife Vikki Mitchell, 30, have been told Kia could be home permanently as of Monday.
Speaking about the moment his little girl returned home, Mr Gott said: 'I have never seen Vikki cry as much as she has done today.
Heartwarming pictures show Kia Gott, who was struck by the 'worst meningitis case' in 25 years, being cradled by her parents Paul Gott, 35, and Vikki Mitchell, 30, after going home from the hospital for the first time in months
Kia Gott is improving day by day in the high dependency unit at Bradford Royal Infirmary after contracting the killer disease (pictured in hospital)
'It's just unreal - it's the best present I've ever had delivered to my door. After all this time we just couldn't believe it.'
The overwhelmed father-of-three, who also has Kayden, eight, and Elsie, four, with his wife, said Kia had spent most of the day sleeping.
He added: 'She was awake when she arrived but after she'd had her feeds and medication she just settled and went to sleep.
'Kayden and Elsie have been so excited - it's been like a new lease of life for them.
'With Vikki at the hospital 24 hours a day and me at home looking after them we've been apart so much. Elsie told me it was like the family was back together again.'
Kia is improving day by day in the high dependency unit at BRI after contracting meningitis C septicaemia.
But hopes were raised when a consultant told them earlier this year that Kia would be allowed home, which her parents said 'felt like we won the lottery'.
Following a meeting with doctors at the hospital last week, the family have now been given a date for Kia to return home on a day release basis.
Her parents discovered a rash on their daughter's face, neck and chest when she became ill in September last year.
Mr Gott noticed the discolouring of their daughter's skin after going to check on her in the middle of the night.
Paramedics arrived but her veins had collapsed, so they had to drill into her tiny shin to give her emergency drugs.
The one-year-old has been in hospital since September and her family were at one point sent a letter by medics who said they were confident she was going to die
But she refused to give up her fight and yesterday Kia was allowed home for the first time on a day-release basis from Bradford Royal Infirmary (pictured being cuddled by her mother at their home in West Yorkshire)
If it goes well, the family can bring her home more regularly, according to Mr Gott, a self-employed window fitter (pictured at home)
Kia (pictured) contracted the condition before she could receive the Men C vaccine, which is administered to infants at about 12 months old
Kia's parents began campaigning for the vaccination age to be reconsidered and started an online petition aimed at forcing discussion in Parliament in December (pictured in hospital)
Bacterial meningitis is very serious and can cause death in as little as a few hours.
Meningitis vaccines offer excellent protection, but they are not yet available for all forms.
Symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia include:Fever and/or vomiting Severe headache Limb, joint or muscle pain Cold hands and feet and or shivering Pale or mottled skin Breathing fast or feeling breathless A rash anywhere on the body A stiff neck - less common in young children A dislike of bright lights - less common in young children Very sleepy, vacant, or difficult to wake Confused or delirious Seizures or fits may be seen
Source: Meningitis Research Foundation
Kia was then rushed to BRI where medics told her family it was meningitis and she was not