Indigenous couple fights for the return of their newborn daughter, taken by MCFD

 By Anna McKenzie  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Every day for more than a month, Sonja Hathaway sat with her newborn baby Amella in the hospital, speaking to the infant in her Dene language. Despite the feelings of being watched, Sonja and her husband Philip diligently spent time at the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at the Victoria General Hospital to feed and care for their daughter. While Amella was in the NICU, the Hathaways stayed at Jeneece Place, a home for families to live while receiving medical care in “Victoria.” Sonja was brought to the city at the end of February by ambulance from “Campbell River” because of health complications. When Amella was born on March 11, she was almost two months premature and weighed only three pounds at birth….

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