Preemie Born Weighing 22 Ounces Finally Healthy Enough to Head Home

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Good news for preemies and moms everywhere: After spending nearly a year in the hospital, a baby born 13 weeks premature weighing a mere 1 pound, 6 ounces has finally been deemed healthy enough to head home.

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The back-story: Becky Frolek of Fargo, North Dakota was only 23 weeks into her pregnancy when she gave birth to Trevor -- who was so tiny his dad, Bo, could put his wedding ring around his foot.

Every year, an estimated 15 million babies are born premature, meaning 3 weeks before their expected due date -- and the earlier the birth, the worse the odds that they'll survive.

A series of heart and eye surgeries kept Trevor at the hospital for 364 days. But at long last, he was deemed well enough to leave the hospital, which had grown so close to the boy they threw him a going away party.

“To me, it is a miracle, amazing, that he came this far,” says Becky.

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This story makes me SO happy -- particularly since I was born premature, weighing 2 pounds 12 ounces. So I grew up with family members saying "you were SO TINY, and look how big you are now! Such a miracle."

As a result, premature birth is a topic I've always been aware of ... and my concerns skyrocketed once I was pregnant with my first child. I kept wondering and worrying: Might my daughter end up being a preemie, too? Would she survive?

So I find it comforting and amazing that babies born as premature as this one could end up okay. That is SO little! Gives me hope for preemies and their moms everywhere!

 

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