A mother from Iowa who gave birth to a 13 ounce baby boy after her water broke after 23 weeks, praised her & # 39; wonder & # 39; son while continuing to fight for his life in the NICU.
Ellonn Smartt, 25, from Des Moines, was to give birth to her son in November with boyfriend Jordan Morrow, 25. On July 11, five months into her pregnancy, her water suddenly broke and she was taken to the hospital by her family where doctors explained that they had to implement a C emergency department.
& # 39; They said I had to deliver the next day or two and there was a good chance he wouldn't survive & # 39 ;, Smartt Today said. & # 39; That was the moment I fell apart. My heart was broken. & # 39;
Fighter: Iowa mother Ellonn Smartt gave birth to a 13-ounce baby boy after her water broke after just 23 weeks, and was told by doctors that he probably wouldn't survive
Proud: Ellonn, 25, and her friend Jordan Morrow, also 25, have described their preemie son Jaden as a & # 39; little miracle & # 39; and say he keeps fighting for his life every day
Smartt, who also has a three-year-old son, Elijah, was determined to remain calm to prevent her unborn child from being stressed out.
& # 39; I knew that if I panicked, the baby would pick it up and get stressed, & # 39; she explained. & # 39; I couldn't let that happen. & # 39;
Smartt underwent a C-section and gave birth to Jaden Wesley Morrow not long after she was first taken to the hospital. Her son weighed only 13 grams, which is only one ninth of the average weight of a male baby born on full term: 7 pounds, 6 grams.
Parents were also warned that there is a chance that babies born so early will often not be fully formed, will not fully use their limbs, and will not be able to breathe independently.
Although doctors at the Iowa Methodist Medical Center reveal the serious risks their child poses, Smartt says her baby came out fighting, & # 39; waving his arm and screaming in the lungs & # 39; , according to KCCI.
The tough newborn also immediately started taking breast milk and doctors have noted his progress as & # 39; remarkable & # 39; labeled.
Strong: most babies born after 23 weeks cannot use their limbs and cannot breathe independently, but Jaden came out & waving his arm and screaming at his lungs & # 39;
Standing guard: the little newborn is held in an incubator until he is strong enough to be moved to a crib so that the parents have not been able to hold it yet
& # 39; His arms and toes moved and he tried to breathe independently, & # 39; told Smartt Today, before adding: & # 39; He is our little miracle. & # 39;
However, the couple is aware that their son has to take many more obstacles before he is out of danger; Jaden was moved to the Blank Children's Hospital shortly after his birth and is currently being kept in an incubator.
As a result, his parents have not been able to hold him yet, although Smartt says she visits him every day.
& # 39; I am so proud of him, & # 39; she said to KCCI. & # 39; I go inside and talk to him and I tell him that I am proud of him every day. & # 39;
When writing on Facebook, Smartt revealed that her son should have & # 39; 14 bloody transfusions in the first week of his life & # 39 ;, and she admitted that & # 39; some days have been a struggle & # 39 ;.
The proud mother says that her focus is now on making sure that her son continues to fight and become stronger every day until they can take him home – and she and Jordan hope this will be before his official expiration date on November 6.
Looking ahead: despite being born for only 23 weeks, Jaden started drinking breast milk after just two days and continued to defy doctors' expectations
& # 39; Remarkable & # 39 ;: & # 39; I'm so proud of him, & # 39; Smartt said about her son. & # 39; I go inside and talk to him and I tell him that I am proud of him every day & # 39;
& # 39; Jaden is largely stable & # 39 ;, Smartt Today said. & # 39; He has a ventilator and a minor infection, but his doctors think he looks great. He gets breast milk and arrives. & # 39;
Smartt and her family have one GoFundMe page to try to raise money to pay for Jaden's medical bills and other expenses that the couple might incur while caring for their newborn son – and they also use the site to keep people informed of progress from their son.
& # 39; Weighing no less than 13 ounces, I already amaze the doctors, & # 39; explains a bill written from Jaden's perspective.
& # 39; I heard they use terms like & # 39; great & # 39; and & # 39; use remarkable & # 39; to describe me so far – not bad for someone under 1 pound, huh?
The report also notes that Jaden cannot wait to become & # 39; big and strong so that he can struggle with his brother & # 39; – who, according to Smartt, was incredibly supportive during her unexpected work.
According to the mother, her three-year-old son said to her: & # 39; everything will be alright, while they hurried to the hospital, while Smartt said to KCCI: & # 39; We think children don't notice these things or understand what is going on, but he did it. & # 39;
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