The World’s Fourth Smallest Surviving Baby Goes Home
Kenna Moore, the world’s fourth-smallest surviving baby was released last Tuesday from the Presbyterian Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, NC.
Kenna was born 16 weeks premature at 9.6 ounces, the approximate weight of an apple. During the months after her birth, Kenna experienced severe complications. She required breathing tubes and a feeding tube, as well as developed hernias and problems in her eyes and intestines. Doctors gave Kenna only a 10% chance of survival.
“They gave her less than a 10 per cent chance,” her mom Nicki recalled. “Doctors are a lot of times bound by what they’ve seen and bound by science. And you know science says a lot of this isn’t possible.”
Throughout this ordeal, the Moores kept friends and family updated through Facebook. One day, Kenna “wrote” a post, “Good morning! I’m having a good morning, mom! On 38% oxygen and chillin! Love u!”
Miraculously, after six months in the hospital, the parents were told that they could take their little baby home. “She is still just shy of 6 lbs,” the mom wrote on Facebook. “But that’s probably because she loaded her diaper twice for me while I was there. Yes, apparently I just bring it out in her.”
While she’s overcome quite a hurdle, the doctors still warn about an “uncertain road ahead.” Dr. Rogers Howell, the family’s neonatologist explained, “She will go home on oxygen, and will need nipple feedings, some tube feedings, vitamins and other medications.”
For now though, the family is happy and optimistic to go home with their little miracle.