Ia. (FOX) — A newborn in Iowa who weighed just 13 ounces when he made his debut at 23 weeks gestation has already been making his parents proud.
“I’m so proud of him,” Ellonn Smartt, Jaden Wesley Morrow’s mother, told KCCI.com. “I go in and talk to him, and I tell him that I’m proud of him every day.”
Smartt said she knew that her son was ready to come out on July 11 when she woke up feeling different. She told the news outlet that about 10 minutes after expressing her concerns to partner Jordan Marrow, her water broke.
They rushed to Blank Children’s Hospital where Jaden was born via emergency C-section, reportedly swinging his arms and screaming despite his young gestational age.
Babies born before 37 weeks gestation are considered premature and may have long-term health problems or other issues that require a longer stay in the hospital. About 1 in 10 babies are born prematurely each year in the U.S., according to March of Dimes.
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