A family in Illinois is celebrating in a big way now that their 18-month-old preemie is finally able to go home after spending her entire young life in the hospital.
Little Autumn was born in March 2021 at just 23 weeks gestation. At the time, she weighed just 1.1 pounds and had a number of medical complications, including bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), a type of chronic lung disease. Doctors gave the tiny preemie a 50% chance of survival.
“When a patient is about to deliver at 23 weeks, we know that [the baby’s] survival is about 50% … and so Autumn was given a 50-50 chance of survival when she was first delivered,” Dr.