April 07, 2010 09:00 AM by Nancy Floyd
Josie Brooklyn, the newest addition to the Duggar family, stars ofÂ 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 ofÂ 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 ofÂ 19 Kids And Counting, said,Â ”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. Â To be on the safe side, weâ€™ll stay nearby inÂ Little Rock for the short term, with the entire family returning home to Springdale in the near future. Â We are deeply grateful to the staff at Arkansas Childrenâ€™s Hospital. Â 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,Â ”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.Â ”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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