The world’s smallest surviving baby is being celebrated by pro-life advocates as a compelling face against the abortion movement.
A micro preemie nicknamed Saybie was about the size of an apple weighing just 8.6 ounces when she was born at 23 weeks.
“Under the SB 25 – the extreme abortion bill that Illinois lawmakers are on track to pass – unborn babies at Saybie’s age have no rights at all and can be brutally aborted at any time, up until the moment of their birth, for any reason. #StopTheMadness #StopSB25 #ProLife,” tweeted Illinois Right to Life on Thursday.
“The dramatic difference between celebrating baby Saybie’s fight for life at 23 weeks and 8.6 ounces while debating abortion in the last trimester is staggering and unbelievable and heartbreaking and unbearable,” added pro-life advocate K. Pelner.
San Diego’s Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns, California’s largest maternity hospital, which is recognized as among the best in the world in caring for micro preemies, announced on Wednesday that Saybie, who was delivered by emergency caesarean section in December, was released from a California hospital in good health to her parents earlier this month.
“She’s a miracle, that’s for sure,” Kim Norby, one of the NICU nurses who cared for Saybie, said in a video produced by the hospital.
Paul Wozniak, a neonatologist at the hospital, told The Washington Post that he was shocked as he observed Saybie in the hospital last December and thought she wouldn’t survive.
“We just sat by her bedside the first six hours,” Wozniak said. “I thought her chances of making it probably weren’t good. I told the folks every hour I would update them, but there’s a good chance she’s going to die.”
But Saybie just kept on thriving as the hospital staff supported her care up until the day she was discharged, Wozniak said.
“Many babies like this go home on oxygen, which I thought she probably would, but no, she weaned off of it,” he said, noting that she was also breastfeeding well and didn’t need a feeding tube. “The fact that she’s done so well is just such a reward, and just makes the whole team feel wonderful.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair