Thursday, May 27, 2010

Doctors Call Josie's Story a Fairytale

Josie Duggar now weighs in at 6 pounds, 9 ounces. That may not sound like a lot for a regular 5-month old infant, but considering what Josie has gone through, it's nothing short of a miracle. She entered the world at 25 weeks gestation, weighing just 1 pound, 6 ounces, and her progress since December has been impressive. In a recent interview, Dr. Arrington, co-director of the NICU at Arkansas Childrens' Hospital, told People Magazine that "[Josie's] eyes and brain appear perfectly normal. She escaped lung injury on the ventilator. Without her current issues, her story's a fairytale." When she gains more weight, Josie will have to undergo a surgery to fix 3 hernias, and doctors predict that they will need to reattach some of her organs.
How much did you, or your children, weight at birth?

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Jessica said...

It is good to hear the doctors talk about her being a fairy tale. There are so many fairy tales alive today. I am always thankful to God for my fairy tale who was born at 3 lbs. 1 oz. --- She totally made the doctors have to rethink things.

Shelly said...

I can't imagine having a baby that small! Ours were quite the opposite:
#1 - 9 pounds 9.5 ounces
#2 - 7 pounds 14 ounces
#3 - 8 pounds 13 ounces

Heidi Gail Richhart said...

Such good news! Let us know when she will be returning home to you again.

Leah said...

My little miracle baby Lily was born at 25 weeks weighing 1 lb 9 oz. She is now 3 1/2 and perfect & smart & beautiful!! How great is the Lord!!

Angie said...

So glad to know that she is doing so well. What a blessing from God. Our twins (now 9) were born at 3 lb 15 oz and 4 lb 9 oz were so tiny to us so I can't imagine how tiny baby Josie was.

Emily Heizer Photography said...

My poor mother... natural birth, her last after 6 pregnancies and 4 live births... I weighed in at 11 pounds....! No drugs! Yikes!

Jen said...

I'm still very concerned about Josie's health, both short and long term.

Her doctor does not impress me much, he's made some rather careless statements.

I hope Josie is going to be be a fairytale story, but I think it's far too early to claim she is out of the woods.

Mary in Ohio said...

Glad to hear Josie is doing well!

Ours weighed:

#1 - 10 lbs., 3 oz., on time.
#2 - 9 lbs., 6 oz., one week early.
#3 - 9 lbs., 11 oz., two weeks early.

Michelle, a heart at home said...

Baby 1 - 7 lbs. 6.5 oz.
Baby 2 - 7 lbs. 2 oz.
Baby 3 - 1 lb. (born at 20 weeks)
Baby 4 - 6 lbs. 13 oz.
Baby 5 - 7 lbs. 13 oz.

Anonymous said...

Josie's story is not a "fairytale"-it is the gracious hand of God and a miracle that this baby has escaped the many complications of such extreme prematurity.

Lily and Ellie said...

I completely agree. Josie's story is the gracious hand of God. The word fairytale was used in a quote by Josie's doctor.

Kay said...

I am glad that Josie is home and doing well. It is a blessing to see the love that you all have for each other and the fun you have together. God Bless-as always!

deniseh said...

My son was a preemie also. He was born by emergency c-section at 29 weeks due to placental abruption. Just less than 2 weeks before that I almost lost my husband due to a medical emergency. Our son was 2 LBS 15 OZ at birth and 6 LBS even when he came home 1 week before his duedate. He will be 6 years-old on Aug 10th and going into first grade in a private Christian school. He spent 68 days at Children's Hospital in Seattle.

Anonymous said...

the only fairytale around here is the TV show.

Samantha peters said...

Hi Michelle I was born 27 weeks weighing 2lbs 1/2Oz as a direct result of my prematurity I had a grade four Intraventricular Haemorrhage, Hydrocephalus,Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (Chronic Lung Disease) Congenital Heart Disease a hole in my heart g-tube surgery Nissan fundoplication luckily no bowel perforations no digestive issues except for acid reflux but other wise my digestive system was perfectly fine today I currently have poor eyesight coordination issues problems with learning and seizures but other wise I,m healthy

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