On April 29, a sweet baby was born early and was released from hospital in time to join the first warm thanksgiving with her family.
Jimena “JC” Macias weighed 1 lb., 9 oz. (0.700 Kg), and measured 11 inches long (28 cm). She was put on a ventilator and given sustenance through an IV at Memorial Hermann, a level III newborn intensive care facility, according to People.
Jimena “JC” Macias was supposed to be born in September, but her mother, Juana Gallegos, gave birth on April 29 at 22 weeks pregnant.
“They pretty much told me they weren’t going to be able to resuscitate her or be able to do anything for her if she was born there, at that time, that early,” Gallegos said.
This miracle baby was officially cleared to go home with her family after 112 days in the NICU, according to KHOU 11.
JC is still in need of physical treatment, but her doctors are pleased with her development. She has reached the developmental milestones associated with her adjusted age of two months.
Gallegos, who spent Thanksgiving with JC at home this year, said she wasn’t sure whether her daughter would be released in time for the holiday.
“On day one, day two, day 30…I didn’t think it would be possible to spend the holidays together,” said Juana. “God had other plans.”
Eduardo Macias, JC’s father, said that he and Gallegos are glad for their baby, stating, “We see it in a different point of view as grateful, because we wouldn’t experience that if she wasn’t here.”
According to the Mayo Clinic, premature babies are born more than three weeks before their expected due date. Premature newborns, like JC, can have complex medical difficulties and need a prolonged hospital stay in a particular nursery unit.
Dr. Rebecca Ballard, a neonatologist with the Memorial Hermann/Pediatrix Medical Group of Texas, said JC is a “miraculous” case, as People reportes.
“While I wish this story would happen with every baby born this early, it’s not possible,” Ballard said. “Not to think her story represents every baby, but it makes it so much more miraculous that it happened.”
Before, Guinness World Records and the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital announced in November that an Alabama newborn boy, born at barely 21 weeks and one day, has been declared the world’s most preterm baby to live.
Curtis Zy-Keith Means, who weighed less than a pound at birth, was released from the hospital in April after a 275-day stay. His identical twin died the day after he was born, Breitbart reported.