A PREMATURE baby born weighing just 1lb 10oz has been defeated the odds to celebrate her first birthday.
Miracle baby Amina was so tiny and fragile when she was born 16 weeks early that medics had to put her in a plastic sandwich bag – which mimicked her mother's womb – to keep her warm.
76 days in hospital, the little girl is ready to go home to Chicago, Illinois, USA, with her loving parents.
Mum Taylor Dobson, 24, a beautician, said: "We thought Amina might not make it so special.
"When she was born, it was a terrifying time." She was so tiny.
"She's been through so much – she's our little miracle."
Amina was born at 23rd February 2018 after an emergency c-section.
Taylor said, "She was born early due to me having an incompetent cervix.
For the next 24 hours.
"They assured me that it should stop the labor process from happening.
"I was admitted around 5pm and my contractions kept getting closer and closer all night long.
"By 9am my doctor came in and did an ultrasound of Amina saying that she was actually kicking herself out of my cervix.
C-section immediately or she was at risk of catching it too.
"I was on the surgical table getting my epidural and praying that she would survive and be OK.
"I remember looking up at the metal light above and seeing it.
"What's new in the world?", Monitors and breathing tubes.
Mimic the mum's womb, and she was moved to the NICU. "
Taylor and her partner, Dahoud Maizer, were unable to see their newborn until they were stablised.
She said: "For the first three days of her life I could not see her, let alone touch or hold her.
On the first day I'm doing my skin for the first time doing skin-to-skin.
"Amina spent five days intubated with a ventilator before moving to a CPAP breathing machine.
I would make sure I came to the hospital at least two, sometimes three or four times a day.
"Amina did amazingly well in her first few days – they call it the 'honeymoon stage' where things can really shine, then go bad."
The family members of PDA have a great time with them on their way to the hospital.
Taylor said: "The doctors kept a close-up on their own.
Breathe and eat on her own.
"She passed the doctors and nurses expectations and she was breathing and eating on her own a month before her due date.
34 days gestation at the time. "I was not expecting to come into the NICU one day and the nurses to tell me that in a few days my baby would be ready to go home.
"She came home at 35 weeks gestation and was only 3lbs 7oz.
"Since she's been home she was thrived in every single way possible.
"Amina no longer needs to see a cardiologist, optimologist, or any specialty doctor.
"She is now almost one and healthy as can be."
Why is being born premature so dangerous?
A full term pregnancy is 37 weeks on, but eight out of every 100 babies are born prematurely.
A premature birth is just before the 37th week, and preterm babies often need special care and support as they are not yet fully developed.
There are three categories to preterm babies: those born under 28 weeks are extremely preterm; between 28 to 32 weeks is very preterm; and anything from 32 to 37 week is moderate to late preterm.
Amillia Taylor, born in 2007, is one of the premiere babies born and survives.
Amillia defied all odds when she was born 21 weeks, 10oz and only nine-and-a-half inches long.
She was born two weeks before the legal time limit for abortion, which is 24 weeks.
For babies born under 22 weeks, the survival rate is zero.
At 23 weeks it rises to 23 per cent, at 24 weeks 40 per cent, and at 25 weeks it is 66 per cent, rising to 77 per cent at 26 weeks.
Babies' organs and systems are not yet fully formed.
They may have health problems and they have not developed enough in the womb.
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