Thursday, October 25, 2007
Amillia Taylor Turns 1!!
The Florida baby that had been called the "youngest surviving baby" has turned 1.
Amillia Taylor was born at 21 weeks 6 days weighing 10ozs in Miami Florida last year.
It was amazing that the baby was even resuscitated because:
The American Association of Pediatrics says that babies born at less than 23 weeks of age and 400g in weight are not considered viable. The survival rate for a child born at 23 weeks and weighing a pound is just 30 per cent.
She spent 4 months in the NICU and then was released to go home requiring oxygen.
In July, People Magazine ran an update article on her and at that time she was growing and thriving at home with her parents.
Last week, about a hundred family members, friends, doctors, nurses and physical caretakers gathered for a birthday party at Signature Gardens, where the miracle of her birth and the prayer-fueled, financially draining medical feat that has been the first year of her life were celebrated.
This last year has been challenging for the Taylor family. Amillia's arrival put tremendous stress on them.
The family does not want their baby to be a poster child for anti-abortion websites like lifesitenews.com and prolifeblogs.com.
They just want her to be their daughter.
In order to cope with the stress of being a preemie mom, Sonja Taylor has joined an online support group so that she can connect with other moms in her situation.
''We talk about everything from lactation to diaper changes to our own emotions,'' said Taylor.
Like many preemie moms the Taylors worry about their daughter getting sick.
After reading how well Amilia Taylor has done, along with the many other babies I have covered that have arrived well before their due date, it is disheartening to read that:
UKs Health Minister Dawn Primarolo told MPs today that medical technology had not advanced enough to justify a reduction in the 24 week time limit for abortion because a baby born at that gestation still had little chance of surviving.Our hospital has a survial rate of about 65% for babies that are born at 24 weeks gestation. How much better do they need?