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Born at 22 weeks, preemie survivor is heading home

July 12, 2018
Born at 22 weeks, preemie survivor is heading home
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Scottie Workman stands with his wife, Stephanie, as she holds their son, Xavier, at Cabell Huntington Hospital on Wednesday in Huntington. Xavier Workman, born at only 22 weeks gestation, was discharged after a 170-day stay at the Hoops Family Children's Hospital NICU.

HUNTINGTON — A five-and-a-half-month miracle in the making saw the sunlight for the first time in his young life Wednesday.

Xavier Workman — born more than four months premature — was finally released from Cabell Huntington Hospital on Wednesday, nearly 170 days after birth.

The son of Scottie and Stephanie Workman, of Huntington, Xavier is the most premature infant Cabell Huntington Hospital has ever discharged at 22-week gestation — nearly unheard of in a time when babies born at 23 weeks are lucky to survive.

“He really is a miracle baby,” said Dr. Bobby Miller, medical director for Cabell Huntington Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit, where Workman had spent his entire life until Wednesday.

Born early in the morning of Jan. 24, Xavier weighed in at a meager 20 ounces and struggled heavily with a severely underdeveloped respiratory system. Paralyzed for three days and breathing through inhaled nitric oxide for eight

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