A miracle happened on a cruise ship when a baby was born at 23 weeks and survived. It was a miracle because that almost never happens. When Haiden Morgan was born on a cruise ship more than 100 miles from land, with no obstetrician, no incubator and 14 hours to reach the nearest hospital, one would think he had no chance of survival, according to The Washington Post on MSN on Friday.
Fox News reported that Emily Morgan, 28, of Ogden, Utah gave birth to a son Aug. 31 during a seven-day cruise around the eastern Caribbean. Her doctor approved the cruise to celebrate her daughter Chloe’s third birthday. Emily Morgan didn’t expect to go into labor only five months into her pregnancy, but on the second night at sea, she began to have contractions. At first, she and her husband weren’t alarmed, but when the contractions and pain didn’t go away after three hours, the Morgans did become quite concerned.
It was during the fourth hour that Emily was taken to the medical unit in a wheelchair, and it was confirmed that Emily was in labor. The bad news was that the ship’s medical unit was not equipped to deliver a premature baby. However, less than an hour later, at 1:56 a.m. on Sept. 1, Emily gave birth to a son who weighed only one pound and a half. The baby struggled to breathe. Fortunately, he didn’t stop breathing because the ship’s policy was not to resuscitate. The ship’s doctor did not think the baby would survive, but he did.
The ship’s captain deliberately went at full speed and reached Puerto Rico around 2 p.m. Mother and son were rushed to the hospital in separate ambulances. Emily needed medical attention because she had lost a lot of blood. After three days in the Puerto Rican neonatal intensive care unit, the baby boy was healthy enough to be transferred to a hospital in Miami. It was only at this time that the Morgans felt comfortable enough to name him Haiden, a name they had discussed before his birth.
Nearly a month after birth, Haiden weighs little more than a paperback book. He wears a respirator tube to help with his breathing and is fed two tablespoons of breast milk through a syringe into his stomach over the course of an hour and a half. Doctors expect Haiden to remain in the intensive care unit in Miami through December, the month in which he was supposed to be born. The Morgans are hoping to be able to transfer him to a hospital in Utah next month. Their medical expenses have mounted, and they are accepting donations through a GoFundMe page to help pay the bills.