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Saving MaKenna: Born 4 months early, an odyssey to survival

August 17, 2018
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At 13.7 ounces, she weighed about the same as two smartphones.

By Staff

Tiny. So very tiny.

That was Benedict Asiegbu’s first thought when he met the moments-old baby girl put in his care last March. In more than 20 years as a neonatologist, Asiegbu had never seen an infant so small survive. At 24 weeks, she was nearly four months premature. At 13.7 ounces, she weighed about the same as two smartphones. The doctor didn’t know if the hospital’s equipment was small enough for her. Her family had been warned her survival chances were slim.

COURTESY ALYSSA SPRUILL At 13.7 ounces, she weighed about the same as two smartphones.

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