Victoria woman gives birth to 10-ounce baby
Jan. 14, 2014 at 5:02 p.m.
Updated Jan. 13, 2014 at 7:14 p.m.
Victoria Delagarza stared at the tiny baby inside the incubator at Driscoll Children's Hospital in Corpus Christi.
"I just started crying. She's so tiny," Delagarza said.
"She" is Delagarza's newborn daughter, Amaiyah Faythe, born Friday and weighing only 10 ounces. She is 8 inches long.
Delagarza, 17, had to deliver at 25 weeks because of concerns over her high blood pressure, said her mother, Nancy Pompa.
"I would have had severe toxemia if she had stayed in another week," said Delagarza. "She wouldn't have made it."
The new mother saw her baby for the first time Monday since delivery by Caesarean section Friday because Amaiyah was transferred from Corpus Christi Medical Center-Bay Area to Driscoll Children's Hospital for care.
"She had heart surgery," said Delagarza. "She had a heart murmur and a valve that wouldn't close.
"The doctors are amazed at how well she is doing."
One out of every eight babies in the United States is born prematurely (less than 37 weeks), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
As of Tuesday afternoon, baby, mother and father, Rene Delagarza, were doing fine, said Pompa.
Premature births are nothing new for the parents, who live in Victoria.
"I was born six weeks early, and Rene was born three months early," said Delagarza.
"She's our little miracle," said Delagarza.