Amillia Sonja Taylor, born at 21 weeks and six days gestation, has survived after nearly four months at Baptist Children’s Hospital neonatal intensive care unit. On February 19, doctors have decided to keep her in hospital for a few more days this week in order to ensure her health.
Amillia's survival, described by her doctors and parents as miraculous, is considered a new world record for a baby at this gestational age, according to the
"I put my faith in God," said Amillia's father, Eddie Taylor. I didn't worry a lot. I just made sure to get here to be at her side."
Baby girl Amillia was born on Oct. 24, 2006 at Baptist Hospital of Miami. She weighed just under 10 ounces and measured 9.5 inches in length, slightly longer than a ballpoint pen. She is now healthy and thriving, her doctors said, and is well enough to be cared for by her parents at home.
"I'm still in amazement," said Sonja Taylor, Amillia's mother. "It was hard to imagine she would get this far. But now she is beginning to look like a real baby. Even though she's only four pounds, she looks plump to me."
There is no known baby born at less than 23 weeks that has survived. Amillia was also the world’s fourth smallest baby at birth. "She's truly a miracle baby," said William Smalling, M.D., neonatologist, Baptist Children's Hospital, who has helped her during the first months of her birth. Charting new territory for medical science, Smalling said “We didn't even know what a normal blood pressure is for a baby this small".
Amillia’s mother said of Baptist Children’s Hospital "She had great doctors, nurses, therapists and social workers." the mother said. "The whole team at Baptist Children's Hospital did their all for our baby. Everyone was there to support us, so I knew she was coming home."
Paul Fassbach, M.D., neonatologist, Baptist Children’s Hospital, said it's important for expectant parents to know that Amillia's case is exceptional.