A miracle baby born three and a half months premature and weighing less than a bag of sugar is ready to go home, his overjoyed parents have been told.
Mum-to-be Camila Abella, 23, had gone to hospital in San Juan, west-central Argentina on 8th June complaining of pain in her lower abdomen.
She was told her baby could never survive and was given an emergency caesarian section at five and a half months.
But to the astonishment of medics at Rawson Hospital, her baby was born alive.
The tiny newborn weighed just 750 grammes (1 lb 10 oz).
But, again, medics told Camila and dad Elias Zuniga, 24, that he would most likely not live long.
And if he did pull through, they said, he would be left severely disabled.
Little Ian Mikeas Zuniga was born with a perforated intestine and bleeding into the lung, and doctors believed he would need several operations.
But mum Camila told local media: “The outlook wasn’t good. During the first few days they told me they were going to have to operate several times, but then my baby pulled through and it was no longer necessary.
“As he had a perforated intestine, he couldn’t feed on my milk and he couldn’t poo either. That’s why they put a drain on him. With that he was cured.
“The doctors told me that it’s incredible that he went through that without any consequences.”
Camila went on: “In fact, when he started to improve, they made me do all the paperwork to have an oxygen kit at home.
“I have a backpack and tubes ready, but last week they took the oxygen away from him here, so I don’t think I’m going to need it.”
Little Ian had spent a month and a half in the ICU before being transferred to the Intermediate Care Ward.
He is now in the Paediatric Ward with his mum as they wait for his imminent discharge.
Ian now weighs a much healthier 3,110 grammes (6 lb 14 oz) and has only one hurdle remaining.
Camila said: “After everything we’ve been through, now he only has two hernias left in his testicles, so he needs to be operated on. But it’s not a complicated intervention.
“We believe he’ll be discharged next week.”
The beaming mum added: “Everything that’s happened is incredible. It’s a miracle and God continues to perform miracles with him.”
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