Miracle baby finally leaves NICU after 460 days
Baby Kendall Jurnakins was finally able to go home Thursday after being in an Indiana hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for a total of 460 days.
Kendall’s mother, Sparkle Jurnakins, went into labor at 25 weeks pregnant. She didn’t know she was pregnant until she hit 23 weeks.
“The doctor came in and said ‘We’re going to have to take him, he might not make it, but to save your life, we have to take him,’” explained Jurnakins.
Her blood pressure was not regulating and her diabetes was being affected. The mother said everything was “too high” and the doctors said they didn’t want her life to be at risk, so it was time to perform an emergency C-section.
After delivery, Jurnakins was not able to see her baby for four or five days. “I just kept asking questions like ‘Is he still alive?,’” she said.
Kendall was born Dec. 11, 2020 weighing only 15 ounces – small enough to fit in the palm of a hand. He was immediately taken to the NICU. While there, he was treated for multiple complications linked to premature birth. He celebrated his first birthday, got his first tooth, and started crawling all within those 460 days in the hospital.
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