Nothing seemed out of the ordinary when Amanda went in for her monthly prenatal appointment. She did her normal blood work in Abilene and was sent to her home in Colorado City, Texas, nearly 70 miles away.

Thirty minutes later, as she was still driving home from her appointment, Amanda received a call from her doctor to return to the hospital in Abilene as quickly as possible. Once there, she was told they had to get the baby out immediately. Amanda was prepped for surgery and within 40 minutes, her daughter, Braelynn, was born at 24 weeks and 4 days after an emergency c-section.

Braelynn weighed 370 grams at birth. That’s 13 ounces. The size of a can of soda. At the hospital in Abilene, Braelynn needed a special type of ventilator to help her survive that they didn’t have at the hospital. She was transported by Cook Children’s Teddy Bear Transport to Cook Children’s eight hours after her birth.

At a week old, Braelynn was diagnosed with bilateral grade inter-ventricular hemorrhage which is the most severe form of brain bleeds. Braelynn has had her right lung collapse twice.

“We have faith in Braelynn though,” Amanda says. “She hasn’t failed to amaze us one single day of her 4 and a-half months of life! She has overcome so many obstacles that could have been the end of her life.

Today, Braelynn is breathing on her own, taking her bottle and currently weighs 9 pounds, 8 ounces. On January 30, 2012 she was 5 months old. She is a big girl and has made immense progress against the odds.

Watch more of Braelynn’s amazing story.

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