Miracle Baby: Born at less than 22 weeks .....

  1. Born at less than 22 weeks - and baby Amillia survived

    By NICK McDERMOTT - 19th February 2007

    Her minuscule feet poking pathetically through a doctor's fingers, few believed that she could possibly live.
    Born only 21 weeks and six days after conception, Amillia Taylor weighed just under 10oz and was only 91/2 inches long.

    [​IMG] Amillia Taylor weighed just under 10oz and was only 91/2 inches long at birth

    Medical staff, however, were given a clue to her fighting spirit when the tiny scrap tried to cry and breathe on her own.
    And now, four months later and weighing 4lb, she has been allowed home – the world's most premature baby to have survived.
    Her parents Sonja and Eddie, from Homestead, Florida, were visiting friends in Miami when Mrs Taylor went into labour at just over 19 weeks pregnant, having conceived by IVF.

    Doctors attempted to delay the birth but eventually were forced to carry out an emergency caesarean.
    Dr Guillermo Lievano, who delivered Amillia, said he was not expecting her to survive.
    "I was prepared for the worst and prepared to break the bad news to the mother."
    Amillia responded to treatment, however. During two months in an incubator, she even had plastic surgery after her left ear was partially torn off during the delivery.

    "I'm still in amazement," said Mrs Taylor, 37, a teacher. "I wanted her to have a chance and I knew in my heart that she was going to make it.
    "It was hard to imagine she would get this far. But now she is beginning to look like a real baby. Even though she's only 4lb now, she's plump to me."

    [​IMG] Ten ounces of determination: Amillia was little longer than this pen

    William Smalling, neo-natologist at Baptist Children's Hospital in Miami, said: "She's truly a miracle baby. We didn't even know what a normal blood pressure is for a baby this small."

    Amillia's incredible story will reignite the debate over Britain's abortion laws, which campaigners say must be updated in the light of recent medical advances. Babies can still be aborted for non-medical reasons at up to 24 weeks. Recent evidence shows that, of those born at 25 weeks, half of them manage to live.

    I thought this was such a wonderful story of survival :love:
  2. I read this article this morning and actually shared it with my friend who recently had a premature baby. That is wonderful! Look at those little feet!!! So hard to imagine. What a strong little girl!
  3. oh my gosh. that IS a miracle baby!

    i hope little amilia makes it through- she's got enough people pulling for her!
  4. truly wonderful
  5. Wow!
  6. My prayers are with that little one!
  7. aww! i was born prematurely, 2lb, 8oz....that seems HUGE compared to this little one! so glad she made it!
  8. wow. she really is a miracle!! I hope she makes it and with very few complications.
  9. wow! thats awesome! She looks so cute!..I hope she stays strong & healthy.
  10. Wow. This is a true miracle. My best wishes go to this child leading a normal life..
  11. I saw that on the news today, wow, she is a miracle baby!
  12. Omg so small, so glad that child is alive.
  13. that is amazing...truly a miracle baby!
  14. She is truly a survivor. :biggrin: What a heartfelt story. :heart:
  15. I just read that article in the paper today at work, and I was amazed too!! I guess miracles do happen! Such a lovely story, and here's hoping for a brilliant and problem free life.