This story was submitted by Michelle, one of our readers.
We had no idea what journey we began on Jan 20, 2010. Sarai Elizabeth Burns was born at 25 wks 2 days. She was 1lb 14 1/2oz and 12 1/2″ long. We spent 123 days in the NICU at BSA in Amarillo, Texas. The first picture is within two hours after she was born, the second picture is two days later when I touched her for the first time and the last one is her when celebrated her first birthday on Jan 20, 2011.
When she was two days old a chest tube was placed in her side because her lung ripped and air was leaking into her chest cavity. She had a PDA ligation at 10 days old and when she was 9 weeks old she had ROP laser surgery. She had 13 blood transfusions, multiple IVs all over her body and was on over 45 different medications. She was by all accounts not supposed to be alive. The day she was born the doctor gave her a less than 40% of survival. But with great faith comes great miracles. My little girl was a fighter and she not only survived, but thrived. Despite her low weight and size she responded well to all the therapies and surprised the nurses and doctors many times. She came home on May 22 with one monitor and a few medications. Within 2 months she was off all medications and the monitor was gone.
Today she weighs 14 1/2 pounds, is 26 inches tall and shows no signs of any metal or health problems. Her doctors and therapists still call her their miracle girl and tell her story often. People sometimes stop, smile and comment at what a beautiful little girl she is. When they ask how old she is they can’t believe she is so tiny. I tell them a small part of our story and the power of our God. Sometimes I forget about those months in the hospital, but then I change her clothes or diaper and I see the dozens of scars from her surgeries and IVs and they are God’s way of reminding me of His power and love even for the tiniest of his creatures.