Preemie Born Weighing 1.9 lbs., Called 'Miracle' after 117 Days Fighting in Hospital


At 22 weeks pregnant, Jacqueline Dalrymple was due to give birth in Sept. 2017.

But in June, Dalrymple began having complications: severe pre-eclampsia, a high blood pressure complication during pregnancy.

She was quickly admitted to the hospital, where doctors worked to keep her baby in the womb for as long as possible.

“I was Googling everything and getting so worried,” she said. “On top of everything I was also really ill myself with pre-eclampsia but it was all about him. I just wanted him to be okay.”

At 26 weeks, however, little baby Noah made his way into the world via c-section weighing just 1.9 lbs.

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For the next six weeks, Dalrymple stayed in the hospital with her son as he fought to keep his life.

He was frequently transferred between hospitals after contracting numerous infections.

The family was told they would be able to leave the hospital by his original due date, on Sept. 24.

But suddenly, Noah had to be airlifted to yet another hospital when he began suffering from liver issues.

“Everybody told me he should be out of hospital on his due date of September 24 but that’s when we found out he had to go to Leeds so that was a really difficult blow,” Dalrymple said.

Thankfully, Noah did not end up needing the operation after all, though they still had other complications to worry about.

Noah soon needed to undergo surgery for a hernia. And finally, after 117 days in the hospital, Noah was sent home on Oct. 12.

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“It was an emotional rollercoaster,” Dalrymple said. “One minute we would think we would be able to take him home soon and then the next there would be something else wrong with him.”

Noah’s family was overjoyed to finally be able to bring their baby home.

And despite occasional blood tests, Noah, now 6 months old, is reportedly doing well with mom and dad.

“A massive thank you to all the nurses and doctors for everything they did to bring him home,” Dalrymple said.

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Liz was a senior story editor for The Western Journal.
Liz was a senior story editor for The Western Journal.
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