13 Ounce Baby Born at Iowa Hospital
A baby boy weighing just 13 ounces was born July 11 in Des Moines, reports KCCI.
The baby, named Jaden, was born to Ellonn Smartt and Jordan Morrow at just 23 weeks gestation. Jaden's due date was originally November 6.
Despite the fact that most babies are not very functional at 23 weeks, Jaden has thrived against all odds.
"At 23 weeks, babies are not supposed to be fully formed, breathing or having use of all limbs. However, Jaden came out swinging his arm and screaming at the top of his lungs. He even starting taking breast milk immediately."
A few weeks later, Jaden is up to one pound. He's being held in an incubator, but his parents have not been able to hold him yet.
Despite this, the future looks bright for baby Jaden. He's expected to be released from the hospital before his due date.
A Go Fund Me page has been established for Jaden and his family to help with medical expenses.