1.5-Pound “Miracle” Premie Born On Cruise Ship & Survives!
Stories about a premie always get my attention because my daughter was born at 32 weeks and weighed only 3 1/2 pounds.
That now sounds gargantuan compared to little Haiden Morgan who was born last month at 23 weeks weighing only 1 1/2 pounds.
The odds against a baby that size surviving are as low as 15%.
That’s for a baby born in a hospital.
Little Haiden clearly has a flair for the more dramatic.
He was born last month aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship, more than 100 miles from land and the closest proper medical facilities. That’s 14 hours from the nearest obstetrician or incubator.
The Washington Post has the amazing and terrifying story of the Morgan family.
How the obstetrician told his mother it would be fine for her to go on a cruise at five months pregnant, along with her husband and their 3-year-old daughter.
The second night at sea, Emily Morgan started having contractions, bleeding and ultimately delivered the baby.
At first, the doctor told her she had miscarried.
Again, this premie had other plans.
The story of how Baby Haiden hung in there, how his parents improvised ways to keep him warm and alive until they could get back to shore, how the cruise line changed course and sped toward Puerto Rico, it’s all incredible.
You can read the whole story here, including the tough climb Baby Haiden still faces today.
There are people all around the country now following his story and rooting on this premie fighter!