Born 16 Weeks Premature At A Pound, Amina Just Celebrated Her First Birthday

Cassy Fiano-Chesser

A premature baby is being hailed as a miracle after surviving being born 16 weeks early, at just 24 weeks of pregnancy. Taylor Dobson’s daughter Amina had a heart defect and a brain bleed, and weighed just 1lb, 10oz at birth, yet she still was able to go home with her parents to Chicago just 10 weeks later. To help her grow, doctors used something that most people have stocked in their kitchen pantries — something that has helped many other preemies: a plastic sandwich bag.

Dobson had an incompetent cervix, and went into premature labor. “The night before Amina was born I was admitted to the labour ward and told that I was having contractions, but that they would try to stop them by using magnesium for the next 24 hours,” she told the Sun. “They assured me that it should stop the labour process from happening. I was admitted around 5pm and my contractions kept getting closer and closer all night long. By 9am my doctor came in and did an ultrasound of Amina saying that she was actually kicking herself out of my cervix. They told me I had an infection and that she needed to be delivered via emergency c-section immediately or she was at risk of catching it too.”

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