She Only Weighed as Much as a Can of Soda When She Was Born, Now She’s Four

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 26, 2014   |   4:45PM   |   Milwaukee, WI

UPDATE 5/26/2017: Little Phoenix turned four!

Phoenix Sims was just 24 weeks when she was born May 2013 in Milwaukee. phoenix2At the time she weighed just about as much as a can of soda and was born sooner than she should have been because her mother Shaina Freeman was struck with early onset pre-eclampsia.

She weighed only 13 ounces and was the smallest baby to ever survive at St Joseph’s in Milwaukee. Now, she has returned to the hospital with her parents to celebrate her first birthday with the team that saved her life.

Sadly, at 24 weeks of pregnancy, when babies are viable, abortion is legal in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and many other countries around the world. While doctors in Milwaukee worked feverishly to save little Phoenix, so she could get from day one outside the womb to her first birthday, abortion practitioners at local abortion clinics across the country are snuffing out the lives of similar babies.

Here’s the story of this little survivor!

Freeman’s obstetrician Dr Matthew Lee at St Joseph’s Hospital has delivered thousands of babies, but he is aware that Phoenix is no ordinary baby.

‘(It’s) really about a miracle. What they could do doesn’t always turn out this way, but we are all fortunate that she has done well,’ Lee told WISN.

Phoenix was in the ICU for a total of three months until she weighed five pounds.

When she was first born, her father Charles Sims says, she fit into the palm of his hand.



‘She’s having so much fun. Look how strong she is,’ says Sims of his daughter today.