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Mom Celebrates Her 23-Week Preemie's 1st Birthday With Photo Shoot

Posted by on Nov. 1, 2016 at 11:54 AM
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Mom Celebrates Her 23-Week Preemie's 1st Birthday With Photo Shoot


PHOTO: Ajshay James daughter Harper, born at 23 weeks old, celebrates first birthday with glam photo shoot.


One mother is celebrating her preemie baby daughter's medical triumph.

The baby girl, named Harper, was born at 23 weeks and given a 26 percent chance of survival — but she just celebrated her first birthday.

Ajshay James was ecstatic to finally have a child with her then-boyfriend. "I was really excited to be a mom. It’s something I've waited for a long time," James, 35, told ABC News.

James had a difficult pregnancy and in fact had to deliver Harper via an emergency C-section — at only 23 weeks — after doctors discovered James' umbilical cord was "hanging down."

"It was an immediate threat to my life and an immediate threat to Harper's life," James said.


PHOTO: Ajshay James daughter Harper, born at 23 weeks old, celebrates first birthday with glam photo shoot.


James said she also had a difficult birthing process as doctors found three fibroid tumors, which had grown to 17 centimeters, that they had to cut out.

"I lost a lot of blood," James recalled. "I almost didn't make it. She almost didn't make it."

When Harper was born on Sept. 9, 2015, she weighed only 13 ounces. Due to her incomplete development and small size, doctors told James her daughter had a 26 percent chance of survival.

The Houston, Texas woman said because she didn't have the opportunity to take the "normal birthing photos, where I'd hold her and kiss her," she decided she'd go all out for Harper's first birthday with a glamorous photo shoot.

"She was the size of a soda can. You could look through her; she was red in color. She didn't look anything like a baby," James said of Harper when she was first born. "She's what they call a micro-preemie."


PHOTO: Ajshay James daughter Harper, born at 23 weeks old, celebrates first birthday with glam photo shoot.


Today, Harper has developmental challenges. James said her daughter has the capabilities of a 5-month-old and is still learning how to crawl. Still, James is optimistic.

"But she's always had a smile from day one and that's what fills me," the proud mother said.

Although it's been a difficult year for the mother and daughter, James told ABC News she has no regrets.

"The journey has been amazing. I not only have the blessing of a daughter, but I've learned so much about my own personal strength," James said. "It's really helped me define and redefine who I am as a woman and as a mother."


http://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/cancer-survivor-mom-celebrates-23-week-preemies-birthday/story?id=43101871

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VooDooB
by on Nov. 1, 2016 at 11:55 AM

Wow! I didn't think a 23 week fetus was viable outside the womb.

Absolutely amazing what medical science achieves as it grows with research and learning!

broboxer
by Platinum Member on Nov. 1, 2016 at 11:57 AM
OMG, she's so precious! You are so right, medical science is amazing!

Quoting VooDooB:

Wow! I didn't think a 23 week fetus was viable outside the womb.

Absolutely amazing what medical science achieves as it grows with research and learning!

LauraKW
by "Dude!" on Nov. 1, 2016 at 12:20 PM
I think the youngest that has survived is 22 weeks. Ok, looked it up, 21 weeks 6 days. This is a nice story.

Quoting VooDooB:

Wow! I didn't think a 23 week fetus was viable outside the womb.

Absolutely amazing what medical science achieves as it grows with research and learning!

jaxTheMomm
by Platinum Member on Nov. 1, 2016 at 12:27 PM

I think there are a few things going on with this little girl that make her a miracle.

I could be wrong, but I think her age of gestation at birth was under question. Some OB/GYNs believe she was closer to 24 weeks. Sorry, got nothing to quote on that.

Also, read something about how her mother's medical condition caused the hormones that increase surfectant in the lungs (this prevents the lungs from sticking together on an exhale, thus suffication) to kick in a little bit sooner.

She's a very lucky girl!

EireLass
by Ruby Member on Nov. 1, 2016 at 3:16 PM

What an adorable baby!

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