On March 11, Imgur user IAmAHollow gave birth to a little girl.
She wrote on Imgur her daughter was born premature at 33 weeks and three days with gastroschisis. As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noted, gastroschisis is a birth defect of the abdominal wall:
The baby’s intestines are found outside of the baby’s body, exiting through a hole beside the belly button. The hole can be small or large and sometimes other organs, such as the stomach and liver, can also be found outside of the baby’s body.
IAmAHollow posted pictures of what her daughter looked like at birth on Imgur:Imgur
She weighed a total four pounds, 12 ounces and measured 15 inches long.
The proud mom explained her baby girl was in the neonatal intensive care unit for a total of four weeks. Thankfully, while under the care of countless doctors and other medical professionals, the infant’s intestines found their place inside her stomach on their own — just six days after birth.
The only surgery she was forced to endure was one that stitched up the hole in her stomach:Imgur
According to IAmAHollow, most premature babies don’t get to leave the hospital until their actual due date. However, because her baby girl was progressing faster than her doctors imagined she would, IAmAHollow got to take her baby home 17 days early on April 9, less than a month after she was born.
The new mom wrote:
[The] first time I got to hold her, she was 2 weeks old. […] She came home on oxygen and [on] an apnea monitor. She got off oxygen in June, she’s still on her apnea monitor.
Almost seven months later, the baby girl is still shocking her doctors with her progress.
Not only is she able breathe without the help of oxygen now, but her mom got the “OK” to remove her apnea monitor for the first time at the beginning of October:
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Words cannot describe how hard this journey has been, but the fact that she keeps surprising her doctors with her progress keeps me going. She’s defied all odds against her, it’s absolutely amazing.
The mom added that while her daughter will battle stomach and digestive problems for the rest of her life, she is a fighter, and there is nothing her little girl can’t handle.