Every year around the world, it’s believed that close to 15 million babies are born prematurely. The majority of those are born just weeks before they would have hit full-term—which is considered to be 37 weeks gestation—but for a scary number of parents, their bundles of joy arrive months earlier than expected.
That was the case for little baby girl Lexi, who was just over 1 lb when she was born at a mere 25 weeks.
Her parents spent months watching her grow and fight to survive from a safe distance, never seeing her full face due to the need for a ventilator and CPAP machine to keep her breathing.
At four weeks old, though—what would have been 29 weeks gestation for the precious girl—the nurses gave her parents a wonderful gift.
Momentarily, Baby Lexi’s ventilator was removed, giving her a break from her breathing treatments and giving her parents a chance to see her face for the first time.
“It was the first time I actually got to see her entire face !!” wrote mom, via Facebook. “It is miraculous what her can do for even the tiniest of babies in the NICU.”
According to her viral video caption, the tiny girl spent 109 days in the NICU before she was out of the woods.
It’s a terrifying experience for parents to watch their child struggle to thrive, hooked up to machines and wires for weeks—and sometimes even months.
In recent years, though, the survival rate for babies born at 25 weeks has jumped to nearly 70%; and thankfully, that meant Lexi may have a chance to see her own kids thrive one day!
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