Little Fayth Youman: the tiniest newborn to beat the odds and survive as the littlest miracle born at UMC Children's Hospital.
December 10, 2003. A miracle is born. Fayth Miracle Youman, born just 24 weeks into Sharon Youman's pregnancy. Pre-Eclampsia forced Sharon's doctors in New Mexico to send her to University Medical Center in Lubbock for an emergency c-section.
"She was so little I had serious doubt she would be able to survive," says Dr. Perez.
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Faythe weighed just 12.5 ounces or the size of a soda can when she was born. And to record, she's the smallest baby born at UMC.
"At that point, she was so small they told me there was nothing they could do," says Sharon Youman, Fayth's mom.
Doctors relied on technology and "faith" to keep the miracle baby alive.
"She was on an incubator and monitors purchased from the Children's Miralce Network," says Sharon.
Sharon lived at the Ronald McDonald House while the UMC staff tried to save baby Fayth.
"I don't know what I would've done without the nurses. Not only did they take care of her and her needs, but they listened to me and cared about me," says Sharon.
Four months later, Sharon's greatest need was met. Fayth lived up to her middle name Miracle.
"I think it has been a group effort, and we are delighted to have an opportunity to have a child like this going home," says Dr. Perez.
In April 2004, Sharon and Fayth said goodbye to the UMC staff.
"Everyone of these nurses has put their all in her, and I'll miss them when we go," says Sharon.
When she left the hospital, Fayth tipped the scales at 4 lbs, a weight gain of three pounds, three ounces.
She's making improvements, but the road to recovery will be a long one for Fayth.
"It was a miracle that God gave her the strength to cry out and fight for all this," says Sharon.
Little Fayth is now five months-old and is doing well living in New Mexico with the rest of her family.