Miracle baby born at 22 weeks is given heartwarming send-off by Connecticut hospital where she was the most premature infant ever to survive
- Baby Zahraliz Francis Angueira was born weighing just 12.4 ounces in February
- After a four month stay at the NICU at Saint Francis Hospital she made it home last week, three days after her original due date
A ‘miracle’ baby born at 22 weeks was the most premature infant to have been born and survived at Saint Francis Hospital in Connecticut.
Zahraliz Francis Angueira arrived at just 22 weeks gestation and after a four month stay left the Hartford hospital on Thursday with much fanfare.
The baby girl weighed just 12.4 ounces when she was born in the early morning of February 22.
After careful attention from her mother and the hospital’s NICU staff Zahraliz arrived home in Waterbury three days after her original due date, weighing seven pounds and five ounces.
The hospital staff created a special sendoff for baby Zahraliz complete with live piano music and balloons as they lined the hospital’s entrance hall to clap mother and baby out.
Zahraliz Francis Angueira weighed just 12.4 ounces when she was born but left the hospital weighing seven pounds and five ounces
Hospital staff created a special sendoff for baby Zahraliz complete with live piano music and balloons as they lined the hospital’s entrance hall to clap mother and baby out
Zahraliz’s mother, Neyshaliz Angueira, was admitted to the hospital on Feb. 18 with symptoms of preterm labor.
Anguiera was suffering from pneumonia when Zahraliz was born and both were at high risk of complications.
The new mother was willing to share her story to give other NICU families hope, the hospital said.
‘I just want to share with everyone how caring the people I met at Saint Francis were,’ she told News 8.
‘I am so grateful for the kindness and support that was given to us.’
Angueira told NBC Connecticut that she has a special connection with her daughter now as she was also born premature.
‘When she gets older, you know, this is a connection,’ she said.
‘This is a story that we both are going to have that we could share.’
Dr. Jose Arias-Camison, M.D., Saint Francis Hospital NICU director, said of the send off: ‘It was very emotional for everybody involved.’
‘I love the baby. You know, I love Zahraliz,’ he said.
‘We try not to get emotional about our patients, but sometimes, you know, we do become emotional.
‘It was a good day yesterday for our NICU’ he added.
The most premature baby known to have survived in the US was Curtis Zy-Keith Means.
Curtis was born at just 21 weeks gestation on 5 July 2020 at the University of Alabama Birmingham Hospital in Alabama.