A baby girl born four months premature was finally cleared to go home last week after spending more than 500 days in the hospital.
As reported by Faithwire, single mother Tyler Robinson was forced to deliver her daughter Autumn after she suffered a uterine rupture at the end of 2021. Autumn was just 23 weeks old and weighed 1.1 pounds at the time of her birth.
“If she comes out lifeless, then pass me my baby, and I’ll hold her,” Robinson told doctors at the time, according to WGN-TV. “If she comes out fighting, then we’re going to fight. She came out feisty, and they nicknamed her ‘Feisty.’ From then on, she’s just a fighter.”
As a “micro-preemie,” Autumn had a 50 percent chance of survival. She faced severe health complications, including an inconsistent heart rate and underdeveloped lungs, which caused a chronic lung disease known as bronchopulmonary dysplasia.
The little girl was then transferred to Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, where she received specialized care from neonatologist Dr. Megan Lagoski.
Last week, Robinson was finally able to take her daughter home after spending 524 days in the hospital. While Autumn is not 100 percent yet, the now 17-month-old continues to make progress in her health.
“She’s going home with a ventilator, so a breathing machine, and she has a tube in her neck called a tracheostomy to help her breathe at home,” Lagoski said. “Then, she’ll get feedings thru a G-tube, so something that goes into her stomach, so she is very technology dependent.”
While Robinson says she’s happy to bring Autumn home, she shared that she will miss the medical personnel who have become like “family” to her and her daughter.
“I’m going to miss this place terribly,” she said.
“I’m very excited, I’m ready, nervous, anxious, but it’s been long overdue,” Robinson continued. “So, I’m very scared, but I’m also ready. I’ve been preparing for this since she was born.”
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Milton Quintanilla is a freelance writer. He is also the co-hosts of the For Your Soul podcast, which seeks to equip the church with biblical truth and sound doctrine. Visit his blog Blessed Are The Forgiven.