"Miracle baby" home and doing well.
E’Layah Faith Pergues came into the world with a gigantic battle to face just to stay alive, but now she is safe at home with her mother and doctors at a North Carolina hospital are calling her a “miracle baby,” according to WTOP.
Born 14 weeks early and weighing only 10 ounces, the doctors at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, did not give the child much chance of surviving the delivery or the first weeks of her life. She was so small, her doctors weren’t even sure if they would be able to feed her. The doctors believe she is the smallest baby seen at the hospital and they even nicknamed her “tater tot.”
The physicians settled on a combination of formula and breast milk to try to keep the baby healthy and add weight as quickly as possible. Dr. Andrew Herman, neonatologist and chief medical officer at Levine Children’s Hospital said in a statement the goal was to grow her as quickly and safely as they could.
Herman added, “We’ve had to fine-tune our approach with E’Layah. We are now feeding her a combination of protein, fat, sugar, electrolytes and vitamins that will help prevent infections, mature her intestines and help her gain weight.”
Now, at five months old and weighing in at five pounds and seven ounces, she was released from the hospital and Wednesday spent her first day at home. Her mother said in the statement she was a very busy little lady, always grabbing and pulling things around.
E’Layah’s mom, Megan Smith, says she is confident she will be something special and will grow into being an active child, and said they were praying for her strength. “E’Layah is our miracle baby girl,” added Smith.
E’Layah’s premature birth was brought on by complications resulting from her mother’s high blood pressure and two strokes suffered by her mom during pregnancy. Doctors put her on bed rest, but decided to perform an emergency Cesarean section when they discovered the baby was not moving inside the womb.