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19 Kids & Counting: Josie Duggar Is Released From The Hospital

April 07, 2010 09:00 AM by Nancy Floyd


Josie Brooklyn, the newest addition to the Duggar family, stars of 19 Kids And Counting, is finally heading home after spending almost four months in neonatal intensive care. The family is elated that their premie baby is now strong enough to leave the hospital and join her family. Keep reading for all the details on Josie’s fight to survive and how parents, Michelle and Jim Bob, feel about the news…

After spending almost four months in intensive care, Josie Brooklyn Duggar is finally heading home to be with her family. The Duggar family, stars of 19 Kids And Counting, couldn’t be more overjoyed to bring their 19th child home after a rough few months. Michelle Duggar was only 25 weeks pregnant when Josie Brooklyn was born via emergency C-section on December 10th. The micropremie weighed only 1 lb. 6 oz. and suffered a bowel perforation at just eight days old. The littlest Duggar fought for her life though, and after almost four months, she’s leaving the hospital.

In a statement, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, stars of 19 Kids And Counting, said, ”Michelle and I are very happy to report that little Josie is being released from the hospital today. And while we have plenty of practice bringing babies home, this time is very different.  To be on the safe side, we’ll stay nearby in Little Rock for the short term, with the entire family returning home to Springdale in the near future.  We are deeply grateful to the staff at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.  And as always, thank you for the continued prayers and support. ”

Today, Josie weighs 4 lbs. 9 oz, and is able to breathe on her own. She’s also eating on her own every three hours. Her physician, Dr. Robert Arrington, says, ”I will miss being around the baby and the family. They are very nice people. But they’ve told me they will stay in touch and come by the nursery to let us see her.”

“We’re grateful for the prayers of thousands,” Jim Bob Duggar told PEOPLE magazine. His wife, Michelle adds, “We are so happy. We are so excited, we are running on adrenaline. I have been getting into the routine of every three hours feeding, diapering and taking her temperature. We are so encouraged that she is doing so well.”

The Duggar family will remain in Little Rock for an indefinite amount of time, until Josie is strong enough to return to the family’s home to Tontitown, Arkansas. ”I will be her main caregiver,” Michelle says, “and we’ll have a lot of helpers around to take turns feeding her and getting her to sleep.”

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7 Responses to “19 Kids & Counting: Josie Duggar Is Released From The Hospital”

  1. cattalk Says:
    April 9th, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    OMG. 19 kids and so proud???? Stars???
    This world is not big enough if every one has the same mind like you two.
    Stop it already. Producing babies is not any mean of being intelligence or success.
    Are you two trying to make yourself famous by producing babies.
    What a poor baby!! Hope she will be fine and healthy. Do not produce any more babies. Your age is getting older, your system wont good enough to produce a healthy baby anymore.

    Stop Stop before you feel ashame of yourself when you see your baby is abnormal.

    Gosh, hope you two read this message.

  2. abqblondie Says:
    April 10th, 2010 at 9:06 am

    I think the Duggars are wonderful , but please STOP before either Michelle’s health is compromised or they have a retarded baby. It’s absolutely ridiculous to have so many children. The gene pool must be really thin. I don’t see any of their children going to college. What do they have against education? If we breed like this at least our offspring should be able to contribute to mankind with some sort of skill.

  3. craftyshirley Says:
    April 10th, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Ok, don’t you think it is about time to stop producing micro babies that no doubt will have a life time of health issues? This is selfish to say the least. How about adopting some children that need a good home instead? At 18 kids produced in one vagina, that thing is going to drop right out of her body on to the floor one of these days. What are they really trying to prove? And tell me how any of those kids gets one on one time with mom or dad? Nope, the new micro baby is a 24 hour a day job, so the others have to be cared for by the older kids. Yet another selfish side of this story. Come on people this isn’t practical in this day and age.I hope that dad has lots of life insurance because that’s alot of kids to feed if he drops off the earth tonight. That is if he is really feeding them now without food stamps at tax payers expense. Enough already…

  4. Kimbo88 Says:
    April 10th, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    I watch 19 kids and counting and i love it and i am glad that Josie is at home now. I hope ever thing is good with u all. We love your show!!! Kim

  5. Puyallupres Says:
    April 11th, 2010 at 8:49 am

    Why is it okay for these people to have so many kids when everyone else gives crap to “octomom” ? They are just as bad, and here’s proof they should stop – that baby they had wasn’t a preemie for no reason. Mom’s Uterus is telling her NO MORE!~!

  6. MelindaStanley Says:
    April 11th, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Maybe after all the health problems this little one has gone through thanks to her mom not being able to close her legs, maybe this will be the final child and the self realization that “God” has blessed them with more than enough mouths to feed.
    I find it absolutely sick that she still has her older children teaching and raising her other ones. Michelle & Jim Bob, why don’t you guys actually step up your game and be real parents and for once take care of your children. It is not the job of the others to parent the younger ones. It sets a bad example and in turn these kids grow up thinking it’s okay. And by the way, time for the oldest ones to leave the nest and get age appropriate jobs. They need to learn to make it out there in the real world and shouldn’t rely on the spouse to always be there to get them pregnant and let them live off them.

    While children are life’s true gift, don’t look this gift in the mouth and then pass it off onto someone else to raise and nurture.

  7. mikiliciousx0 Says:
    March 2nd, 2012 at 9:39 am

    theyre idiots. that poor little baby… :(
    ENOUGH BABIES ALREADY. you cant..or america cant afford anymore. seriously whats wrong with these people..


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