This baby girl is the smallest baby ever born at a Maryland hospital. Her parents were by her side during her almost five-month ordeal in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Now, the dedicated parents, together with their beautiful daughter, are finally back home.
In March, Ariana Sophia Cruz-Gutierrez was born premature at merely 24 weeks into her mother’s pregnancy in Anne Arundel Medical Center in Maryland.
The baby girl weighed just 12 ounces (about 340 grams), or the weight of three sticks of butter, when she was born, according to the hospital. Her weight fell to 8 ounces (about 227 grams) after her birth. Doctors were doubtful about her chances of survival.
“We felt like we wanted to die,” Ariana’s father, Oscar Gutierrez, told the Capital Gazette. “But, now that we’ve thought of it, it was the best decision we made. Truthfully, when they told us the baby could die, our life changed completely.”
However, little Ariana has defied the odds. After transfusions, intubations, coupled with dedicated care showered by the NICU team, as well as her parents, the tiny baby now weighs 4 pounds and 15 ounces (roughly 2.2 kg).
Nearly five months later, the smallest baby ever born at a Maryland hospital finally headed back to her home in Annapolis last Thursday.
“The baby could die, but with God’s help and blessing, and the incredible work of the people here, everything has turned out well,” Gutierrez said.
“We’re all thrilled Ariana is going home,” Dr. Suzanne Rindfleisch, Director of the NICU, told WGNTV. “She was a special baby. She’ll always be remembered.”