CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Weighing in at just 10 ounces, baby E’layah Faith is the smallest surviving baby born at Carolinas Medical Center, and one of the smallest surviving babies ever born anywhere in the world.
E’layah was born Sept. 23, nearly 14 weeks early.
Tuesday E’layah celebrated her “original” due date and weighed in at about five times as much as her original birth weight, according to Carolinas Medical Center.
“Our goal since her birth was to grow her as quickly and as safely as we could,” said Dr. Andrew Herman, a neonatologist and chief medical officer at Levine Children’s Hospital.
During her pregnancy, Megan Smith, E’layah’s mother, suffered two strokes, battled morning sickness and dealt with high blood pressure.
In August, Smith’s OB/GYN noticed that the baby wasn’t growing and she was placed on bed rest for nearly a month. Then, in September, doctors noticed the baby wasn’t moving and performed an emergency C-Section.
According to a release, the medical team prepared E’layah’s parents for the worst.
“We just weren’t taking it,” Smith said. “We said, we have to have faith, and that’s when we made her middle name ‘Faith,’ because we weren’t going to give up on her.”
Now, with a special combination of formula and breast milk, E’layah is up to 3 pounds.
Smith said she believes her daughter will have an active life thanks to her medical team.
“We pray for her strength,” Smith said. “E’layah is our miracle baby girl.”