She was Born So Tiny that Doctors Wouldn’t have Saved Her if Mommy Did Not Lie
Born at 21 weeks and weighing less 10 ounces, Amillia Taylor is the world’s most premature baby – and the doctors wouldn’t have saved her if her mommy Sonja did not lie.
In Florida and many parts of the US, doctors will only revive a baby who is born at least 24 weeks old as being born less than that extremely lowers the chance of the child’s survival. So, Sonja did not tell the doctors at Baptist Children’s Hospital in Miami the baby’s correct gestational age even when she was already fully dilated at the time of confinement. Instead, she gave them a white lie: that she was 2 weeks older than the real gestational age.
However, at the time she was hospitalized, the child was still too young to be delivered within the 24-week limit; thus, they had to wait for an agonizing three weeks for a date to be set. It was soon clear to Sonja that she contracted an infection but knowing the child would have to be delivered and wouldn’t be revived, she kept her symptoms to herself and her family.
Her mom would secretly bring ibuprofen tablets to the hospital to lower the fever and Sonja would cheerfully chat with the nurses and doctors, ignoring her very painful stomach just to give a chance for baby Amillia to survive.
She didn’t know what she was doing also placed herself in danger but all she wanted was to keep the baby inside her body until the 24-week limit.
Finally, at 21 weeks and 6 days (or 24 weeks and 6 days on hospital records), Sonja knew she needed treatment. After obtaining the doctor’s promise to revive the baby at all costs, she told him she might be running an infection. While examining her cervix for infection, the doctor was shocked to discover that the baby’s feet were already in the birth canal!
After an emergency C-section, the doctors knew they had to revive this child as she struggled to breathe. For months, she was in NICU.
Amillia was just 9 and a half inches long and weighed less than 10 ounces yet she was a fighter. She would undergo plenty of treatments, including that for brain bleed yet she managed to pull through.
Implanted on June 12, 2006 and due on March 4, 2007, Amillia arrived in this world on October 24, 2006. There are no recent updates as to how she is doing now but there are plenty of reports of this miracle baby turning two years old.
We hope she is doing fine wherever she might be right now.