E’layah Faith, one of the smallest babies ever to survive finally gets to go home.

E’layah was born 14 weeks early on September 23 after an emergency C-section, weighing only 10 ounces.

The doctors nicknamed her “Tater Tot.” She was moved from Carolinas Medical Center where she was born to Levine Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Jessica Clark-Pounder of Levine Children’s Hospital said they had to find creative ways to care for E’layah, due to her small size.

“Even our equipment, even our diapers that we have for our smallest babies were too big for her,” said Dr. Clark-Pounder.

After nearly four and and a half months of care, E’layah now weighs five pounds and seven ounces and was able to go home with parents Megan Smith and Eric Pegues said.

“She has grown, she has been able to breathe on her own and she looks around,” Clark-Pounder said. “She pays attention to her surroundings, she knows her mom’s voice, she knows her dad’s voice… and I’m amazed she has come this far.”

After spending so much time at the hospital, Megan is nervous, but excited for what’s ahead for E’layah. “I want to know who she is. She is feisty,” Megan said. “I’m ready to see what’s in store.”


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