Born at One Pound, One Ounce, Newborn Goes Home
In November 2009, Gabriella Mercedes Gil finally went home – eight months after being born at Holtz Children’s Hospital, initially weighing just one pound, one ounce.
Born at 23 weeks gestation, Gabriella only had a 15 percent chance of survival. She experienced many life-threatening problems associated with extreme prematurity, including chronic lung disease with oxygen dependency, intraventricular hemorrhage (bleeding in brain), retinopathy of prematurity (eye disease), gastro esophageal reflux, thyroid dysfunction, thrombosis of the aorta, and feeding difficulties.
During her eight-month stay in the neonatal intensive care Uuit at Holtz Children’s, she underwent multiple surgeries including PDA ligation (tying off a blood vessel just outside the heart that connects the lung and heart circulation), inguinal hernia repair, and laser eye surgery.
At the time of her discharge, Gabriella weighed 12 pounds. As she continued to grow and become healthier, a team of UHealth/Jackson physicians, including a pediatric pulmonologist, cardiologist, endocrinologist, gastroenterologist, and ophthalmologist, closely monitored her.
Jan. 1985 Medical Firsts
New Treatment for HIV Proves Effective. Link opens story page.
In 1985, UM/Jackson Drs. Margaret Fischl and Gordon Dickinson conducted the trial that proved the effectiveness of azidothymidine (AZT).Explore in story page.
Jan. 1979 Jackson History
Jackson Employees Save the Alamo. Link opens story page.
In the late 1970s, Jackson employees stopped the demolition of Miami’s oldest surviving hospital building.Explore in story page.
Jan. 1986 Medical Firsts
Bejany Develops Miami Pouch. Link opens story page.
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