One of the world's smallest surviving babies is finally going home at four-and-a-half-months old.
"It's a miracle that she survived even today, so I think had she been born 10 or 16 years ago, it's very unlikely that she would've survived," neonatologist Dr. Jessica Clarke-Pounder said of E'Layah.
The baby girl, whose mom describes her as "feisty," now weighs 5 pounds 8 ounces, which is still so little, but a huge milestone given where she started. E'Layah's growth is attributed to the special, high-nutrient formula she receives through a feeding tube.
Her mom admits to being nervous and excited that her daughter is going home, where she will join two big brothers, who sadly haven't been able to see their little sister since she was born.
As for the tiny baby's future, doctors say her prognosis is "guarded" and that she will likely have some challenges in the future. But for now, E'Layah is growing and developing well. And as Smith says, "She fought to be here." It's that fighting spirit that likely will help this teeny miracle continue to exceed everyone's expectations.
Here's wishing E'Layah a very happy homecoming. May she continue to thrive... and grow!
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.