Baby Kallie born smaller than a Barbie doll weighing 13oz goes home after 150 days
In another story which is making headlines around the world and proving the incredible humanity of preborn babies, a baby girl born smaller than a Barbie doll, weighing less than a pound, has beat the odds and made it home after 150 days. Kallie Bender was born 15 WEEKS early, and finally got to go home this week after spending the first 5 months of her life in the hospital. 'Micro-Preemie' Kallie Bender weighed just 13oz when she was born in May 2019 - about the same as a tin of soup - and was tinier than a hand when she was born prematurely at just 25 weeks.
She also measured just 10.5 inches long, shorter than an average-sized Barbie doll. After being stabilized by the life support team at Dignity Health St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona, she was immediately transferred to the neonatal intensive care unit.
She was so small that her dad's wedding ring could easily fit around her arm like an oversized bracelet and she was shorter than a Barbie doll, measuring just over 10ins long.
But Kallie - one of the smallest babies ever born in the US state of Arizona - defied the odds after doctors told her parents, mum Ebonie and dad Dameon, that she might not survive.
New evidence has found that a baby born at 23 weeks old has a 50% chance of surviving, whilst babies born at 24 weeks have a 60% survival rate. Advancements in medical care have transformed the survival prospects for premature babies. Evidence now affirms that 35% of babies born four months premature at 22 weeks old now survive if treated. It was revealed last week that in the past 10 years in the UK, survival rates for premature babies have doubled. In 2008, a baby born at 23 weeks – four months early – would have just a two in 10 chance of surviving. That figure is now four in 10.
It is a cruel irony that at the same time abortion has been foisted on the people of Northern Ireland, right up to 28 weeks gestation for any and every reason, babies all over the world are surviving weeks below this abortion limit. Precious Life will continue in their fight to keep the cruelty of abortion unthinkable, regardless of what law comes into place. Baby Kallie is proof of the incredible, beautiful and undeniable humanity of unborn babies, every single one of whom deserves our protection. This story is also testament to the fact that where there is life, there is hope. Doctors are not fortune tellers, and babies with an extremely poor diagnosis either inside or outside of the womb, can and do go on to beat the odds, just like baby Kallie.