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Wednesday, April 23 2014, 09:23 AM MDT
Baby Your Baby: Norah's Story
By: Carla Roberts
(KUTV) A little girl, who has spent most of her life in a hospital, is finally going home. Little Norah Gunnel was born with spinal dysplasia. “Her bones don’t quite grow the way they should,” said Norah’s mother Shauna. “We knew about her condition before she was born, but we hadn’t quite expected it to be so severe.”

Norah was born in July 2011. When she was a baby, doctors had to insert a trachea to help her breath. She spent the first part of her life in the intensive care unit at Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City. Norah’s mother says there have been close calls. “So many people in the world are always complaining about just these really petty things and after having come close to losing her many times, we know what matters.”

On Christmas Eve in 2011, a little boy would change the life of Norah and her family. That night, Colum Pack’s family was involved in a horrific accident. According to authorities, a driver slammed head on with the Pack family car. Colum Pack was brought to the same intensive care unit that Norah was in at Primary Children’s Medical Center. On Christmas Day, Colum died from his injuries. Shortly after his death, Norah stopped breathing. “Norah had a rough night Christmas Day and I just couldn’t help but think that little Colum was there passing through, watching over Norah and us. And it just stuck in my head.”

Norah survived her close call. Later, Norah’s mother reached out to Colum’s mother. “I got in touch with Kelly and told her where I was on Christmas Day when they lost Colum and what happened to Norah on Christmas Day when she had a close call. And we just got to know each other.”

The Pack family hosts a 5K every year in Colum’s honor. They donate the proceeds to help the families of other children and this year, they selected Norah and her family. The Pack family posted this on “I Heart Colum 5K” website: “This new life has taught the Gunnells about love, family, and perseverance. They are grateful for the support they've received from family, friends, and strangers alike. But most of all, they're grateful for Norah, who has held onto life even in the darkest of times.”

Norah went home on Tuesday. Doctors hope she will one day be able to breathe without the help of a ventilator.

The “I Heart Colum 5K” will be held June 29th in American Fork. If you are interested in participating, you can visit:

You can also visit the Facebook page:

(Copyright 2013 Sinclair Broadcasting Group.) Baby Your Baby: Norah's Story

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