(FeaturedNews.com) – Baby Zahraliz Francis Angueira gained recognition as a remarkable infant after being born prematurely at 22 weeks in February 2023. She spent a total of 128 days at Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut, before finally being discharged from the ICU. During her birth, she weighed merely 12.4 ounces, roughly the size of a soda can, making her the tiniest baby ever born at the hospital. A heartwarming video was shared on Facebook on June 29, capturing the hospital staff bidding farewell to this resilient little baby following her graduation from the ICU.
Neyshaliz Angueira, the mother of Zahraliz and a resident of Waterbury, was admitted to the hospital on February 18 due to the onset of preterm labor. She was subsequently diagnosed with a respiratory virus and received care in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Neyshaliz, who is 19 years old, disclosed to TODAY.com that her pregnancy had felt uneasy from the beginning. She experienced various symptoms, including abdominal and lower back pain, loss of sensation in her feet, and swelling in her legs. Initially, she attributed these symptoms to a recent car accident she had been involved in.
Given Neyshaliz’s condition of having a shortened cervix, which is commonly associated with an increased risk of preterm labor and premature birth, doctors closely monitored her pregnancy. When she was initially admitted to a local hospital, her cervix was already dilated three centimeters. Due to the extreme prematurity of the baby, the chances of survival seemed slim. However, Neyshaliz felt more hopeful upon discovering that her baby would receive care at Saint Francis Hospital’s NICU, a level three neonatal intensive care unit known for its expertise in handling critical cases.
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