Baby Born at 23 Weeks Could Be World's Second Youngest Preemie


nicuAbortion rights activists get ready, get set: There's a new kink in the pro-choice/pro-life battle and her name is Amelia Hope Burden.

The baby girl was born when her mother was just 23 weeks and 2 days pregnant.

That's 5 days before the mark for a standard abortion here in the United States and in Burden's native England.

British newspapers are speculating Amelia is the nation's youngest preemie to actually survive, but she's not quite the world's youngest. 

That distinction seems to belong to an American girl named, coincidentally, Amillia, who was born in 2006 after just 22 weeks gestation.

Apparently the name means "striving" or "industrious." Appropriate for these little girls whose bodies are working so hard to survive.

Amelia Hope's mom remained pregnant for another 10 days before giving birth to her twin brother, Arthur, who was a whopping 2 ounces bigger at 1 pound, 4 ounces.

The case is creating a major controversy in Britain where politicians are pushing to change the abortion limit to earlier in pregnancy -- closer to 20 weeks.

Adding a little irony? The study that confirmed a baby aborted before 24 weeks feels no pain -- which is actually a feather in the cap of the pro-choice side -- also comes straight out of Britain.

Who knew someone so little could cause so much controversy?


Image via Stacy Lynn Photography/Flickr

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TLParker TLParker

That is an amazing story. I'm glad that family had a happy ending to what could have been very tragic.

snowy... snowysakurasky

i agree... and because of situations like this, i agree that the time frame on abortions needs to change asap.

Lokis... LokisMama

I'm glad that they're trying so hard to save this little one, especially since most hospitals won't even attempt to save a baby born before 24 weeks.  They need to change the rules on that sort of thing.

Chelsie Paige Murphy

i lost mine on friday and i wass 22weeks and 5 days :( i wish my little girl could have been that lucky to servive

AmISt... AmIStillMe

I was totally unaware of any "viability" standard until I started leaking water at 24 weeks and 2 days~ I was rushed straight into the hospital and received the best care imaginable. It wasn't until later that I was told had it just been three days earlier, I would have been sent home to miscarry by myself. My cousin was not so lucky, and even though her little girl was born alive at 23 weeks and 5 days, they did NOTHING to help her survive, my cousin held her for the 5 hours that she was LIVING and breathing on her own. Had they done anything to help this baby, she would have lived more than 5 hours. This is a horrible standard and I pray it changes. Love and Prayers to baby Amelia Hope! 

adopt... adoption2013

I lost my twins at 20.5 weeks.

epuffer epuffer

oh soo widdle!! my daughter was nborn at 28 weeks. 2lbs 3oz

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