August 21, 2007

Positivity: Trenton’s little miracle

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:57 am

From Trenton, New Jersey:

Baby defies odds to live
Saturday, August 18, 2007

TRENTON — Every birth is a miracle. But for tiny Tamera Dixon, who was born 15 weeks premature in April weighing only 11 ounces, the chance of survival was beyond miraculous.

“They told me she had a 15 percent chance of survival,” said Andrea Haws, the baby’s mother. Haws, 40, had three surgeries during her pregnancy, her blood pressure was high and her kidneys were failing. Haws’ doctor told her the baby was no longer growing inside her uterus and recommended a Caesarean section.
Tamera was born on April 25, weighing less than a soda can and smaller than her mother’s hand.

“They told me she had no chance of survival (if she remained in her uterus),” Haws said. “I was not doing good. She was not doing good so they said they had to take her.”

So Tamera was born at about 25 weeks gestation, 15 weeks premature, the second smallest baby ever born in New Jersey to survive, according to Donald MacNeill, a spokesman for Capital Health System.

“She didn’t look human. She had everything but she didn’t look like, you know, a regular human,” Haws said. “I was like, ‘Oh my God.’ She was all skin and bones. She was 7 1/2 inches long.” It was about a month until she could hold her daughter and when she first did, she felt a burst of joy.

Dr. Stephen Moffitt, the neonatologist and pediatrician who treated Tamera, said some of the equipment in the neonatal intensive care unit at Capital Health System at Mercer had to be adapted because she was so small. …..

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