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Born 16 wks. early, 1 lb. 8 oz., baby leaves NICU.

Naperville Sun/Aurora Beacon-News:

Michael makes mom's day
By Susan Frick Carlman
May 11, 2014

Michael Matthew Newson couldn’t possibly have understood what all the fuss was about.

The little guy’s not quite 6 pounds soaking wet. Still, that’s four times what he weighed when he entered the world on Jan. 12 — nearly four months before he was supposed to be born.

Two days past his original due date, Michael left Edward Hospital’s Newborn Intensive Care Unit for the first time on Thursday, amid a flurry of family, shutter clicks, medical talk and bittersweet farewells.

For his mom, dad and three siblings, the wait was long enough. The road home to Aurora had been plenty long.

It’s rare, though not unprecedented, for a baby born before 24 weeks’ gestation to survive and thrive, but Michael’s family and the many members of his medical support team have every expectation that his life will proceed normally from now on. That makes for a particularly sweet Mother’s Day for Lea Newson, Michael’s mom.

Read the full story, see photos.


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