Courtney listened to the doctor as she held her teeny, tiny baby with the umbilical cord still attached and knew her daughter’s survival was a longshot.
“Although I was listening to him, I just felt something inside of me say, ‘Just have hope and have faith.’ It didn’t matter to me that she was 21 weeks and four days. I didn’t care,” Courtney said.
“As he was talking to me, I just said, ‘Will you try?’ And he said he would, and three years later, we have our little miracle baby,” Courtney said.
Courtney and her husband don’t share their daughter’s story with many people.
“I don’t tell her story a lot, but when I do, people are amazed,” Courtney said. “If there’s another woman in antepartum that is searching Google, they can find this story and they can find a little bit of hope and a little bit of faith.”
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The neonatologist that treated Courtney’s daughter warns that this is just one case and more research needs to be done on preemies born less than 22 weeks gestation.
“We have to be very cautious about generalizing one good outcome to a larger population,” he said.
“We reported this case because after this resuscitation she did well, but it may be possible that this is just an extraordinary case and that we shouldn’t expect the same from other babies. We have to learn more before we can make any conclusions.”