*Wow. And to think that I once thought I was the smallest preemie on the planet.
Compared to this precious little girl, my 2-lb. birth-weight was overweight.
Little E’Layah Faith Pegues came into this world three and a half months early – weighing only 10 ounces. And according to neonatologist, Dr. Andrew Herman; who says the baby’s entire body – from head to toe – fit into the palm of his hand, she was not expected to survive.
“To be honest, we were unsure if E’Layah was going to make it,” Herman said, “but the doctor who delivered her could see she had a fighting chance, and her parents never lost faith it was possible she’d survive.”
The Centers for Disease Control states:
In 2014, black infants were about 50% more likely to be born preterm than white, Hispanic, and Asian/Pacific Islander infants. Reasons for this difference are an area of intense research.
In addition to race/ethnicity, some of the risk factors for preterm birth are—
- Previous preterm birth
- Being pregnant with more than one baby (twins, triplets, or more)
- Problems with the uterus or cervix
- Chronic health problems in the mother, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and clotting disorders
- Certain infections during pregnancy
- Cigarette smoking, alcohol use, or illegal drug use during pregnancy
Born at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, E’Layah was hailed as the smallest preemie to ever survive at the hospital and in addition she held the title of being one of the smallest babies ever born, according to her doctor.
Needless to say, her parents are elated at her growth. And her mother, Megan Smith, who along with her fiance, has stayed at Levine Children’s Hospital with their baby since her birth, is excited at the possibility of going home soon.
Smith says that she and E’Layah’s father put ‘Faith’ in the little girls’ name because they “would always have faith” and were “never going to give up on her.”
Welcome to the world, little one. Fingers crossed for you!
Watch the videos below to see this precious little girl.