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Baby who weighed just over 1 pound at birth returns home from New Lenox Hospital – NBC Chicago

A baby girl who weighed just over two pounds when she was born prematurely in November has defied the odds and returned home to her parents after spending her first six months in a suburban Chicago hospital.

Nyla Brooke Haywood was treated to a farewell party Monday at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox, Illinois, with family, friends and hospital staff in attendance before the 6-year-old months from being brought home by her new parents, NaKeya and Cory. Haywood of Joliet.

Nyla was born on November 17, just 22 weeks after her mother, NaKeya, was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia, a dangerous high blood pressure condition. It weighed 1 pound, 1 ounce (482 grams) and measured 11 inches (28 centimeters) long, making it what’s called a “micropreemia.”

But she left the hospital Monday weighing 10 pounds (4.536 grams) and measuring 21 inches (53 centimeters) after months of treatment and care in her neonatal intensive care unit.

“I don’t have the words, in all honesty. I’m just grateful that she’s here and that she’s healthy and doing wonderful,” NaKeya Haywood told WLS-TV on Monday.

She said she was afraid that her child would give birth prematurely. But Nyla “fought,” said Dr. Mario Sanchez, a neonatologist at Silver Cross Hospital, speaking to the station.

“She cried at the birth. It was a small moan, but it was a scream. His heart rate always stayed above 100, which for us was what we wanted. She fought from the start,” he said.

After she was born, Nyla’s lungs were tiny and underdeveloped, but a team of up to 15 people focused on the tiny newborn during her first minutes and days. She has residual scarring on her lungs and was sent home on oxygen. Nyla will need regular check-ups to monitor for any future complications, which sometimes occur with micropreemies.

A growing number of extremely premature infants are receiving life-saving treatment and surviving. A pivotal study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2022 examined nearly 11,000 such births in a neonatal research network that is part of the National Institutes of Health.

It found that 30% of babies born at 22 weeks, 56% at 23 weeks and 71% at 24 weeks lived at least until they were healthy enough to be sent home if doctors tried to remove them. save.

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