This is so exciting to me – a baby born prematurely, survived and is going home. So many babies of this same gestational age have been aborted.
09:09 PM CST on Monday, February 19, 2007, Associated Press
Baby born just 21 weeks, 6 days after conception leaves hospital
MIAMI — A premature baby that doctors say spent less time in the womb than any other surviving infant is to be released from a Florida hospital Tuesday.
Amillia Sonja Taylor was just 9 ½ inches long and weighed less than 10 ounces when she was born Oct. 24. She was delivered 21 weeks and six days after conception. Full-term births come after 37 to 40 weeks.
“We weren’t too optimistic,” Dr. William Smalling said Monday. “But she proved us all wrong.”
Neonatologists who cared for Amillia say she is the first baby known to survive after a gestation period of fewer than 23 weeks. A database run by the University of Iowa’s Department of Pediatrics lists seven babies born at 23 weeks between 1994 and 2003.
Amillia has experienced respiratory problems, a very mild brain hemorrhage and some digestive problems, but none of the health concerns are expected to pose long-term problems, her doctors said.
“We can deal with lungs and things like that but, of course, the brain is the most important,” Dr. Paul Fassbach said Monday.  “But her prognosis is excellent.”
Amillia has been in an incubator since birth and has been receiving oxygen. She will continue getting a small amount of oxygen, and her breathing will be monitored once she leaves Baptist Children’s Hospital. She now is between 25 and 26 inches long and weighs 4 ½ pounds.
“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,” Smalling said.
Amillia is the first child for Eddie and Sonja Taylor of Homestead. She was conceived by in vitro fertilization, which made it possible to pinpoint her exact time in the womb, and was delivered by Caesarean section.
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This first photo is Amillia next to an ink pen after she was born in October of 2006.
Amillia Sonja Taylor 2
The next picture is of her tiny feet after birth, at 21 weeks, 6 days….barely over half the time of a normal pregnancy.
Amillia Taylor
Another article I read said that Amillia had to have some stitches right after birth because of a tear in her scalp. Normally, the skin of babies this age will not take stitches, but her skin was very mature for her gestational age.
Amazing. One doctor said this goes to show there has to be a higher power. I agree. And He works miracles all the time.
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Beth’s post  was good.



6 thoughts on “

  1. Hi, Cynthia…..she’s about the same. Some days she coughs all day long, and other days, she’s a little better. She coughs more when she gets excited. Rachael said we have to keep her calm, but even just seeing somebody makes her excited. If the heartworms make their way into her lungs, it will kill her.

  2. Oh my goodness.. yes, I saw this on the news.. is that not incredible?  That is such a miracle!
    Look how little the feet are… wow.. just incredible!
    I’m gonna go check on Beth!

  3. Hi, Connie…..Beth said today that she was asked if she would be interested in working straight days M-F, 7:00 to 4:00, if they can get her those hours. That is an answer to prayer!

  4. Hi Cindy, yes I did hear about baby Amillia just yesterday.  So amazing!  Pick up a Time magazine on Monday and check out the cover story and to think it will go out to 40 million readers.

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