A Florida couple is celebrating the homecoming of their baby boy who was born a 1-pound micro-preemie after he spent more than 100 days in the NICU.
Finn James Hill, lovingly nicknamed “Fighting Finn,” was released from Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando on Sept. 10.
At birth, doctors gave Finn a 50% chance of survival.
“It didn’t hit me until we left and it was the three of us for the first time,” mom Jessica Hill of Lakeland, told “Good Morning America.” “I knew we wouldn’t have to take him back. It was everything we hoped and prayed for.”
Jessica and Chris Hill experienced nine years of infertility. The couple underwent cycles of IVF with their own sperm and egg. After no success, the Hills looked into embryo adoptions.
At 10 weeks, she lost baby B. Baby A, Finn survived. But Hill experienced a blood clot that caused her water to break at 24 weeks.
For the next few months, Finn relied on a ventilator and underwent surgeries — one to repair a hole in his heart and another to correct Necrotizing enterocolitis, or NEC, a serious illness that affects a preemie’s intestines, according to Stanford Children’s Health.
And on June 30, one month after he was born, Hill got to hold her son for the very first time.
“It was unbelievable,” Hill said when asked to describe the moment. “You only get to hold their hands, and I had to make due as far as touch goes, but it was a huge relief to watch his stats improve [as I did] skin-to-skin with him. It made me feel like my mom’s duties were kicking in and he knew who I was.”
Two weeks later, Finn’s parents brought him home. He is now 4 months old and weighs 5 pounds, 5 ounces.
Many congratulations to Finn and his lovely parents on this long-awaited homecoming.