A miracle baby boy recently headed home from the hospital in a bittersweet moment for his family.
In the fall of 2015, the baby boy’s 41-year-old mother developed an incurable brain tumor and later was declared brain dead at a Polish hospital, according to the BBC. However, because she was 17 weeks pregnant, she was kept on life support to allow her unborn son to develop enough to survive outside the womb.
The report continues:
Doctors delivered the baby when they judged the boy’s life was in danger.
He was born in January in the 26th week of the pregnancy, weighing just 1kg (2.2lbs), said Barbara Krolak-Olejnik, head of the neonatal unit at the hospital.
“It’s rare to successfully maintain a pregnancy for so long, that it is at such an early stage, at 17 or 18 weeks,” Ms Krolak-Olejnik told the AFP news agency.
“Her whole family wanted us to try to save the child,” she added.
The little boy spent three months in intensive care and has now gone home with family, weighing 3kg.
The mother’s life support was switched off shortly after the birth.
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The little boy reportedly is doing well at home with his family.
The story has even more impact when considering that abortion laws allow unborn babies just two weeks younger to be aborted. In March, LifeNews reported a case in Poland where a 24-week unborn baby was aborted possibly because of a Down syndrome diagnosis. Horrifically, witnesses said the baby was born alive after the botched abortion and screamed for an hour as it was left to die.
Modern medical advancements have made it possible for more very premature babies to survive and thrive outside the womb. A 2015 report in the Journal of the American Medical Association revealed that babies born between 23 and 28 weeks gestation are surviving more than ever before when they receive proper medical care.