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Thursday, February 22nd 2007

Finally With A Cup Of Coffee I Get To The Day's Most Heart Warming Story

As has been all over the news, yesterday the world’s smallest premature baby to ever survive went home.

Amillia Sonja Taylor has known only an incubator for a bed at Baptist Children’s Hospital since she was delivered in October after less than 22 weeks in the womb.

“The baby is healthy and thriving and left Baptist Children’s Hospital today after four months in our neonatal intensive care unit,” hospital spokeswoman Liz Latta said.

Amillia, who was just 9 1/2 inches at birth and weighed less than 10 ounces, will still require oxygen at home and a developmental specialist will follow up with her and her parents to track her neurological development.

She is very likely developmental deficits – from trouble meeting height and weight growth standards as she ages, to hearing or vision problems, to perhaps even learning disabilities or decreased intellectual functioning later in life. But consider this, less than a decade ago in Russia, this little girl wouldn’t have even counted as a live birth if she had died.

Pretty amazing she’s made it this far.

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