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Christine 02-20-2007 08:25 PM

More hospital time for tiny baby
A girl born after just under 22 weeks in the womb among the shortest gestation periods known for a live birth will remain in a hospital a few extra days as a precaution, officials said Tuesday.
Amillia Sonja Taylor, born Oct. 24 after just under 22 weeks in the womb, had been expected to be sent home from Baptist Children's Hospital on Tuesday.
However, routine tests indicated she was vulnerable to infection, said Dr. Paul Fassbach, who has cared for the baby since shortly after she was born.
"She has been fine," Fassbach said, but doctors are being extra cautious "now that she's going into the world."
Doctors say Amillia is among the few babies known to have survived after a gestation of fewer than 22 weeks. She was just 9 1/2 inches long and weighed less than 10 ounces when she was delivered by Caesarean section. Full-term births come after 37 to 40 weeks.
Amillia, the first child for Eddie and Sonja Taylor of Homestead, now weighs 4 1/2 pounds and is just over 15 1/2 inches long.
She has suffered respiratory and digestive problems, as well as a mild brain hemorrhage, but doctors believe the health concerns will not have major long-term effects.
Amillia was conceived in vitro and has been in an incubator since birth. She will continue to receive a small amount of supplemental oxygen even after she goes home.
She was delivered because her mother was suffering from complications. Fassbach said that if doctors had known Amillia's real gestational age, they might not have intervened. He said he thought she was at least 23 weeks, and doctors were shocked when the Taylors' fertility specialist pinpointed the exact date of fertilization.
Fassbach cautioned against rushing to redefine the medical standards for fetus viability.
"We just don't know which 21- to 22-weekers are going to do well and which are not going to do well," he said. "I don't think we should change what we do, but it shows us we need to do more research and find out where our edge of viability is going to go."
Preterm births occur in about 12 percent of all pregnancies in the U.S., according to the National Institutes of Health.

Karen 02-20-2007 09:08 PM

I heard this story on the news. You just can't even imagine how tiny a baby is at 22 weeks. Here are a couple pics.

grams1952 01-09-2008 08:04 PM

Wow What A Miracle... My Neice Was A Premie,,,,,the Dr Said That Girls Are Little Fighters.. They Seem To Do Better.

bikerbabe 01-10-2008 02:33 AM

Will certianly keep that family in prayer...........

eeyore2454 01-16-2008 04:14 PM

what happened to her?
does anyone know what happened to this baby it broke my heart to see her tiny little body

Kelly 01-16-2008 10:40 PM

this is the first i've heard of it. but all i can say is "miracle". usually premie's have problems down the line due to being so small and not fully growing but i hope and pray this baby will be ok. how sad....

ladyoleisure 01-17-2008 03:10 PM

Wow! What an amazing story!! I went into premature labor at 24 weeks and my Dr. did everything but physically push the baby back in me, to prevent the baby from being born! She said it "wouldn't be good" if he was born too early. It's always a risk.

Karen 01-17-2008 04:21 PM

This site has a photo of her that was taken recently

Christine 01-17-2008 04:39 PM

wow........if you enlarge the photo in the article you'll see just how tiny her feet were. Like a little gummy bear.
I wonder what , if any, health implications will happen.
Tiny babies treated with oxygen always end up with eye problems.
It truly is a miracle she survived.

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