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Nothing short of a small miracle

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published February 20, 2007


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A premature baby that doctors say spent less time in the womb than any other surviving infant is scheduled for release from Baptist Children's Hospital in Miami today. Amillia Sonja Taylor was delivered by Caesarean section after just under 22 weeks of pregnancy. Neonatologists who cared for Amillia say she is the first baby known to survive after a gestation of fewer than 23 weeks. Doctors said her prognosis is excellent. "She's going to be in a normal crib, she's going to have normal feedings, she's taking all her feedings from a bottle," said Dr. William Smalling. Amillia is the first child for Eddie and Sonja Taylor of Homestead. She was conceived by in vitro fertilization. "It's a prize baby," said Dr. Paul Fassbach, who has cared for Amillia since her second day. Smalling added, "A miracle."

FAST FACTS:

10 ounces Amillia weighed less than 10 ounces at birth. By comparison, a cup measure holds 8 ounces.

41/2 pounds Amillia's weight on Tuesday.

22 weeks that Amillia was in the womb. Full-term births come after 37 to 40 weeks.

17 weeks Amillia was in an incubator receiving oxygen at the hospital.

[Last modified February 20, 2007, 00:49:58]


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