A Chicago infant is going household currently for the first time, extra than four months immediately after getting born as a "micro-premie."
Entitan Martins delivered her daughter Eirianna when she was just 23 weeks pregnant. Weighing in at just 13 ounces, Eirianna is the smallest surviving infant to be born at Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago, according to hospital officials.
"I am just grateful that we're both here," Martins told ABC's Chicago station WLS-Tv. "It's been a extended haul."
When pregnant, Martins had pre-eclampsia, a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure and indicators of damage in other organs. As a result, she knew that she would deliver early, but 23 weeks was so early that Eirianna was born on the edge of survivability.
"He comes in 1 day and says, 'We're having the infant now. I am calling your husband, we're gonna do it,'" Martin told WLS-Television of the moment a medical professional told her she necessary to deliver.
Born by way of a cesarean section, the tiny infant was so fragile that her anxious parents could not even reach out and touch her as a newborn in case they accidentally injured her, according to WLS.
"I thought I was ready for it, but when I saw her I was shell shocked," Martins told WLS-Television.
Just after months in the hospital, Eirianna now can now feed by way of bottle and appears just like any other healthy newborn.
"Oh, it is fantastic. I imply, she appears so fantastic. She looks like she under no circumstances was a tiny tiny premie," Beckie Deir, a nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit told WLS.
As Martins prepares to take her daughter home these days, she looked back on her daughter's survival right after such an early delivery as "a gift."
"It really feel like a miracle, like a blessing," Martins said. "I am incredibly grateful."
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