Skip to comments.Baby born premature at 21 weeks is fighting for his life in Georgia
Posted on 01/09/2020 9:40:24 PM PST by Morgana
A baby born extremely premature is being called a miracle baby by his parents, as he fights to survive at Emory Decatur Hospital in Georgia. Born in December at just 21 weeks, Jemarius Jachin Harbor Jr. has a lot going against him, but his parents and his doctors arent giving up.
Jemarius was born on December 20th, weighing just 13 ounces, and measuring smaller than a hand. I had just 21 weeks at 12 oclock, 12:12 I had him. Hes actually has a fighting chance, thats my miracle baby, his mother, Jessica McPherson, told Fox5. When she went into labor, she and her fiancé told doctors to do all they could to save their son. We looked at each other in the eye and I told him just give it a try, she recounted. I just want you to try as long as you try thats all that matters to me, dont just up and say that you cant do it. Just cause you havent done it doesnt mean it cant be done. Previously, she lost two other premature babies, who were both born at 22 weeks.
While McPherson and her fiancé, Jemarius Harbor Sr., are holding on to hope, theres no denying that their son has a long road ahead of him.
At 22 weeks some are surviving but 21 weeks is [very rare]; it would be [nothing] short of a miracle, Gina Phillips, Director of Medical Services at Pregnancy Aid Clinics, told Fox5, but added there was reason to remain optimistic. They did have a 21-week-old and four-day baby girl [who] survived in Europe and without any complications. Shes several years old now, which is great news for the parents of Jemarius.
McPherson agreed. If this child can make it maybe my child can make it as well, she said. You know there are going to be good days and going to be bad days because he is so small, but as long as we stay positive thats all that matters.
The baby Phillips mentioned in Europe isnt the only one to have survived being born at 21 weeks. Lyla Stensrud was born in San Antonio at 21 weeks, and is now a healthy five-year-old girl. Lylas mother, Courtney, said she shared their story publicly to give hope to other parents in their situation. Though the medical journal Pediatrics says Stensrud is the youngest premature baby to ever survive, as medicine advances, its entirely possible that more and more preemies can as well.
As a recent study found, up to 71 percent of preemies can survive if they are given active care, as opposed to just palliative care. While viability is often thought to be 23 weeks, younger and younger infants are surviving. Many of them, like Jemarius, simply need to be given the opportunity.
Prayers for this precious baby boy!
Dear Jemarius. Hang in there and beat the odds. May you be blessed and prosper.
Prayers for the very little one.
Prayers up for baby Jamarius. I have a nephew that was born at 23 weeks. He’s ten years old now and healthy as can be.
i think i’ve seen stories on 18 week old ones born prematurely making it. Prayers.
Why not. Prayers for ALL the preemies.
God Bless and Heal this little boy.
If the dates are right, survival would be very, very unusual.
Undamaged survival even more so.
You might have seen a story about a baby born “18 weeks early” (i.e., at 22 weeks).
I don’t think any 18 week old baby born alive has ever survived.
I had an aunt, just passed last year.
When she was born in Eastern Montana on a farm/ranch she weighed 2 lbs. 8 oz. — her parents kept her warm in an oven as it was a looooooong way to a hospital.
She made it to 98.
There is lot’s of hope for this little child!
The mother has already lost two babies at 20 weeks? She has an incompetent cervix, likely the result of one or more abortions.
In order to carry a baby to term, she needs a surgical procedure called a circlage, where the cervix is sewn shut, and the mother put on bed rest until 36 weeks gestation.
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