“Pop Can” Miracle Baby Set to Go Home –
Born at 12.5 Ounces
“There's a God in this world,
and if it's meant to be, it will be” mother says to parents with
On March 12, parents Brittany Rideout and Adam Bouchat welcomed their
beautiful and extraordinarily tiny little girl, Taylor Rideout, at
Magee-Women’s Hospital of UPMC in Pittsburgh. Born at 26 weeks
gestation, Taylor was a mere 12.5 ounces or 350 grams, about the size
of a pop can.
Ms. Rideout suffers from lupus, and about six weeks into the pregnancy
she underwent two strokes and two seizures, says Mr. Bouchat in a video
on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s website. She was hospitalized for a
month. Then, two months after she was released, she was diagnosed with
pre-eclampsia and HELLP syndrome. “Her blood pressure was sky-high and
her liver was failing,” said Mr. Bouchat.
Faced with the possibility of death for both mother and child, they
chose to deliver baby Taylor at 26 weeks. According to Taylor’s doctor,
Dr. Jennifer Kloesz, the smallest babies they had delivered before
Taylor were about 500 grams, but these babies were only 24 weeks
gestation. Dr. Kloesz said that Taylor was about half the size of a
normal 26-week baby.
“The reason that she’s still here and is going to survive and be
discharged is that she was 26 weeks,” Dr. Kloesz said. “Her organ
systems had developed more like a 26-weeker so that she was able to
respond to our resuscitation.”
Dr. Kloesz said that if Taylor had not been gestated so long, they
might not have made the attempt. Referring to her being 26 weeks, she
said, “That’s kinda the main thing that makes her so different and why
it was worth giving it a try, with her parents’ wishes,” continues Dr.
But Ms. Rideout urges parents facing similar difficulties never to give
up, reports WXPI in Pittsburgh. “I would tell them,” she said, “don't
give up on their child if they're born small or have a disease or
anything. There's a God in this world, and if it's meant to be, it will
Taylor is now 83 days old, and weighs 3 pounds. She has been
transferred into a transitional unit for a couple weeks in preparation
for leaving the hospital.
Her parents, of course, are overjoyed. “I was scared that she wasn’t
going to make it, but she made it, so it’s great,” said Ms. Rideout.
They are looking forward to bringing her home, but are grateful for the
care she has received. “We’re just really looking forward to the time
we can bring her home. But we’re just so thankful that she’s here,
though, and just getting the care and attention. So even if we can’t
have her home, we feel safe that she’s here,” said Mr. Bouchat.
“Despite all she’s been through, she seems to be a very happy person,”
Contact: Patrick B. Craine
Date: June 3, 2009
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