MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A baby was born this summer in a Mid-South hospital weighing 1 pound 13 ounces.
Sebastian Mata Ortiz arrived June 14 at Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital. He was born 25 weeks after being conceived.
Hospital officials and the baby's family said he is making fabulous progress.
"I thought he was not going to make it. It was an every day crying," Sebastian's mother, Alejandra, said. "They told me I was going to lose him--just to go home and let him pass."
But now, 70 days into his life, Sebastian is getting bigger and stronger every single day. He now weighs more than 3 pounds.
"He skipped almost the last half of his pregnancy, so we've had to support his lungs, his liver, his kidneys, his heart, his skin," Dr. Martin Jenkins said.
Jenkins said Sebastian is defying the odds primarily because he has not gotten a single infection. That's something that would've been nearly impossible several years ago.
"Over the last 5-10 years, we've gotten so much better across the country that survival is up to 60-80 percent in the 24-26-week gestation age," Jenkins said.
Doctors are hopeful that Sebastian will be able to go home with his family in 5-6 weeks.
Alejandra, who had to return to work just 3 weeks after giving birth, said she's forever grateful for the care the doctors and nurses at Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown have provided for her son.
"They just treated me like I was the queen...they were just wonderful to me," Alejandra said. "I have never prayed so much in my life. I've never cried so much in my life...I feel so blessed."