Texas Medical Teams Work Through Winter Storm to Save 24-Week-Old Baby

Texas Medical Teams Work Through Winter Storm to Save 24-Week-Old Baby


A baby born prematurely at a Central Texas hospital overcame nearly impossible odds, thanks to medical teams’ dedication to her survival.

According to KVUE-TV, the baby’s mother, 21-year-old Kimberly Arias, began experiencing contractions on the morning of Feb. 17.

Though Texas was in the middle of a winter storm, Arias drove through ice and snow to the Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Marble Falls.

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After she arrived, Arias’ daughter Zaylynn was born at 24 weeks, weighing only 1 pound, 5 ounces. But the hospital where Arias gave birth was only a Level 1 facility, rendering it unequipped to care for such a premature baby.

A baby like Zaylynn normally would be transferred to a facility that could provide specialized neonatal care. The winter storm in Texas, however, made the idea of moving the baby — born 16 weeks prematurely — almost unthinkable.

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