One of the smallest surviving babies in the world, born 14 weeks early will soon be heading home from the hospital, her parents who are exceedingly happy announced this week.
E’Layah Faith Pegues was born on Septemtember 23 and weighed just 10 ounces. On December 29, her original due date, her parents held a news conference at the Carolinas Medical Center’s Levine Children’s Hospital, where the now 3-month-old holds the record for the smallest surviving baby born at the hospital.
“E’Layah is our miracle baby girl,” the preemie’s mother, Megan Smith, told the Charlotte Observer.
Now weighing in at 3 pounds 10.7 ounces, E’Layah is doing so well that Smith and her fiancé, Eric Pegues, expect their very little girl will be able to leave the neonatal intensive care unit, where she has been living, and go home in the next week or two.
It’s a truly remarkable New Year’s gift for the Charlotte, who have been concerned about their daughter’s health since before she was born.
Smith suffered two strokes, high blood pressure, and rough morning sickness while pregnant with E’Layah. And when Smith’s obstetrician observed in August that the baby wasn’t growing, the doctor put the mother-to-be on bed rest.