Miracle Baby

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The world’s most premature baby is quite a fighter.

Her minuscule feet poking pathetically through a doctor’s fingers, few believed that she could possibly live. Born only 21 weeks and six days after conception, [tag]Amillia Taylor[/tag] weighed just under 10oz and was only 91/2 inches long.

Medical staff, however, were given a clue to her fighting spirit when the tiny scrap tried to cry and breathe on her own .

And now, four months later and weighing 4lb, she has been allowed home – the world’s most [tag]premature baby[/tag] to have survived.

Source: Born at less than 22 weeks – and baby Amillia survived

Looking at those translucent feet, it’s heartbreaking to see such a fragile baby. It warms my heart that a precious life was saved, thanks to the advances of medical science. Who could have imagined that life is possible at less than 22 weeks ? And to think that millions of these are aborted every year? [tag]Abortion laws[/tag] might need to be changed in the light of this miracle baby and recent medical advances. “Babies can still be aborted for non-medical reasons at up to 24 weeks. Recent evidence shows that, of those born at 25 weeks, half of them manage to live.”

I don’t care what the laws of other countries state. Each human life should be given a chance to live. [tag]Abortion[/tag] is wrong. There are just too many ethical and even religious issues regarding the life of a human being. Perhaps mothers contemplating abortion should view Amillia’s video clip first before terminating a precious life.

Look at photos and video of Amillia.

The human life is precious no matter what stage or age. Each baby is a miracle and a blessing. Baby Amillia is a testimony that each of us are created from conception.

Amillia’s story is so amazing! God truly wanted this adorable baby to live. I praise the parents for giving their baby girl a fighting chance, for their strong faith and hope. I pray Amillia continues to grow stronger with the love and support of her doctors and family.

Amillia is a miracle.

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  • That photograph is amazing! Sana nga this will change people’s minds about abortion. One thing I don’t like about Sweden is that abortion is legal here.

    • sheng

      It’s really amazing to see Amilia. I hope and pray that my baby Samantha will survive to (our 1st baby and 1st apo sa side namin). I gave birth to her only 6 months and 2 weeks last Sept 23, she’s under NICU pa rin til now. and the problem is may butas heart nya at di totally ngclose after all the meds. She also has breathing problem and almost 3 weeks na ventilator nya. Her daddy and i still believe in miracle and praying that she will go home safe.

      • sheng

        Hi, my baby Samantha gave up last Oct 20. Her daddy and i did all we can to save her. She’s now our little guardian angel.

  • The image is heartbreaking indeed, to see such a young life already struggle that much. The best of everything for her.

  • @Christianne- most often the reasons for abortion is for the mother’s convenience.

    @ Jhay- I pray she is able to live a normak healthy life. Preemies tend to have some birth defects .

  • Kat

    I had an abortion when I was 16. It was my first semester in college. I was naive, rebellious, and reckless with my first boyfriend. He gave me the money for the abortion, and we split up after that. Now I’m 35, happily married with 2 kids. While I feel sadness everytime I remember that episode, I don’t think my life would be what it is now if I took the other path. As a teenager, I don’t think I would have been equipped physically and emotionally to bear a healthy baby, amidst the social stigma, much less be a mom. I sometimes like to believe that his soul came back to me at a time when I could care for him and be a proper mother to him, in the form of my eldest son (although the priests have told me, probably not). I’ve gone to confession for this over and over, and each time the priest assures me, I have already been forgiven.

  • @kat- You probably had no other options that time. These days some are given the option for adoption . God alone is the only one who can judge you for your past. I am sure you are leading a good and healthy life now,

  • jun

    @Kat: Maybe a retreat on inner healing will help. I attended one last year and it was an eye-opener for me. Contact Fr. Mario of Christ the King, they might have something up during this season of Lent.

  • Though I myself cringe at the thought of maserated tiny babies, I still don’t feel strongly about imposing my ethical stand on everyone. I think it’s a case-to-case basis when it comes to touchy topics like this.

    A seven month old baby lacks the necessary lung surfactants to keep the alveoli from collapsing (atelectasis). At 22 weeks, her digestive system is still primitive and she’ll need massive amounts of steroids to get her going. Giving her too much steroids this early would also expose her too endocrine conditions that are just as dangerous.

    At least she got to live, i guess.

  • @Jun- I don’t think Kat is from here.

    @Benj- But we never know the spirit of Amillia. She could outwit the odds.

  • Amillia is indeed a miracle. Hers is a touching story of life.

    As to abortion, there are different views to it. Some countries allow it, most religions don’t. I once dealt with a health project in Bangladesh, in which one of the components is MR (menstrual regulation, they call it), which technically is abortion. It was explained in one of the meetings that for Moslems, if a fetus is less than 120 days old, it is still considered to be without a soul, therefore, it is morally right for them to perform MR within 120 days of conception. I was taken aback with the explanation. And you are right, God alone is judge.

  • The picture is amazing and the story so inspiring!

  • Kat

    Thanks Noemi and Jun! I’m in Manila, been here all my life. There were already a lot of those “clinics” around Metro Manila 20 years ago, and I can imagine probably more so nowadays. They’re not advertised, it’s just all word of mouth. I didn’t know where to find one, so I walked up to the most popular promiscuous girl in our batch and asked her point-blank (saying it was for a friend) and she gave me directions to a small dingy apartment along Buendia (scary). I can vaguely remember the experience — must have blocked it out of my memories already. Thanks for the suggestion on the Lenten retreat, Jun, I’ll look into it.

  • Hugs to Kat. You’re okay now. Keep being okay. If you take a step backward .. all you have to do is to take two steps forward. Then you are still in step with yourself.

    Hi Noems. Will read your moving piece.

  • Dena Straughn

    How beautiful. Thank you for posting this article about an amazing fighter. God bless.

  • I was born a premature baby (at seven months). My family have told me they thought I won’t survive. They also didn’t take pictures of me inside the incubator because I was really scary-looking and they were afraid I’d die from camera flashes. Haha silly.

    Anyway, reading this story is very touching for me. Really, she is a fighter.

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  • O god bless you and your family and thank you fro sharing your story like you our son was born premature but he was also born with esophageal atresia and downs syndrome as well. Again i would love to thank you

  • O god bless you and your family and thank you fro sharing your story like you our son was born premature but he was also born with esophageal atresia and downs syndrome as well. Again i would love to thank you

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