first baby known to have survived after a gestation period of less than 23 weeks! wow

02-20-2007, 05:47 AM
THis is uplifting and amazing(imo) news:

An American baby said to have spent the shortest time in her mother's womb is to be released from the hospital in Miami where she was born.
Amillia Taylor is believed to be the first baby ever known to have survived after a gestation period of less than 23 weeks.

She weighed a mere 284 grams (10 ounces) at birth on 24 October.

Doctors generally consider that babies weighing less than 400g at birth are not viable.

Defying the odds

To her parents and the doctors at the Miami hospital where she was born she's nothing short of a miracle.

That's because at the time of her birth last October, Amillia was no longer than a ballpoint pen. :eek:

She had only spent a little under 22 weeks in her mother's womb, a world record according to the University of Iowa which keeps track of premature babies born throughout the world.

Doctors held little if any hope for her survival.

But Amillia has done just that.

She defied the odds and demonstrated a desire to live, which her parents say is the reason they named her Amillia - which means resilient in Latin, a fighter and hardworking.

Amillia's survival also stands as a reminder of the dramatic improvements made in recent years in neo-natal care.

Doctors say they can do things now they could have only dreamt of 10 years ago.

On Tuesday she is going home after spending nearly four months in the Baptist Children's Hospital's high tech neo-natal intensive care unit where her every move was monitored 24 hours a day.

Her mother says the worst thing was not being able to hold her baby for more than six weeks after she was born.

Doctors say Amillia will still have to be monitored closely after her release, requiring asthma medication and extra oxygen for months to come, as she still weighs less than 2kg (4lb 6oz).

02-20-2007, 06:18 AM
Incredible. What a tiny, tiny miracle.

God bless her. Premies (even born as "late" as 30 weeks) have a myriad of difficulties. I can only hope she has developed alright with breathing, sight, hearing and brain development.

02-20-2007, 06:34 AM
THis is uplifting and amazing(imo) news:

I know, what can happen later. This child will probably be deaf ,blind and with respiratory insufficiency, maybe with brain damages to the end of the life. I know this kind of children and the despair and discontent of parents.
The medicine should have limits.

02-20-2007, 08:17 AM
:awww: omg...... :awww:

I hope she'll be fine later on in life :hug: Amazing....

02-20-2007, 08:29 AM
Sheesh...:awww: ...I hope that this baby is a fighter with not just physical strength but also with enough will power because she'll need it.

I was born at 28 weeks and that was tough for my parents but also for myself at times so I can't imagine what it's like being born at less than 23 weeks.