Jimena Macias has been nicknamed “JC” by her parents, but for others who know her birth story, she will forever be known as “Mɪʀᴀᴄʟᴇ baby.” According to doctors in Houston, Texas, the baby was originally born in September 2021 but was instead in late April, when his mother was only 22 weeks Pʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ. Although the doctors weren’t hopeful she would survive at first, Baby JC defied all Oᴅᴅs every step of the way – including recently, when she was finally discharged just in time for the holidays. ceremony.
The Texas mother-to-be was 22 weeks Pʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ and far from giving birth when her symptoms began to worsen. Juana quickly learned that she was in labor – four months earlier – and sadly, doctors told her the prognosis was not good.
“They told me they wouldn’t be able to resuscitate her or do anything for her if she was born there, at the time, so soon,” Juana said.
But in the end, those predictions were proven wrong. The hospital has a level III NICU, the doctors hope to give Baby JC a ғɪɢʜᴛing chance. However, the Oᴅᴅs still piled up on the little Gɪʀʟ. When she arrived, the young weighed only 1 lb., 9 oz. and measures 11 inches long.
The little Gɪʀʟ was tiny and fragile – apparently surviving on a ventilator that helped her breathe and a feeding tube that pumped nutrients through her umbilical cord.
“On day one, day two, day 30… I don’t think it’s possible to spend the holidays together,” she told the news agency. But apparently, it was possible. “God had other plans,” says Juana.
Last month – after 112 days in the NICU – her parents finally got the news they had been waiting for since April: JC was released. The newborn was released from the hospital late last month, just in time to spend Thanksgiving with the family at home. And now, Juana and JC’s dad, Eduardo Macias, can’t wait to celebrate the upcoming holidays with her.
Each year, about 3.8 million babies are born in the US, with just over 10% being born Pʀᴇᴍᴀᴛᴜʀᴇly or before 37 weeks. But micro-preterm births, defined as babies born at 28 weeks gestation or less, are born in fewer numbers and face extremely low survival rates. Fortunately, recent advances in technology and newborn care have improved a baby’s chances of survival – making stories like JC’s rare but not unheard of.
And they’re so glad she got it. “While I wish this story would happen to every baby born this early, it just isn’t possible,” said Dr. Rebecca Ballard, a neonatologist with Memorial Hermann/Pediatrix Medical Group of Texas, said.
Whether it was a medical Mɪʀᴀᴄʟᴇ that saved her or some Mɪʀᴀᴄʟᴇ, JC’s family is simply happy that she is here. “We look at that from a different perspective as grateful,” said her father, Eduardo Macias, “because we wouldn’t be going through it if she weren’t here.”