Child Leaves NICU After Three Months

Jane Slater, CBS 11

DALLAS (CBS 11) – At 7 lbs. 3 oz. Khloei Hayes has come a long way from the small, fragile girl CBS 11 first saw in November. At that time, Khloei was just 3 lbs.

The little girl was born in October, three months from her original due date. “We looked at cabbage patch clothes and those were too big,” said mother D.D. Hayes.

Hayes said it was a tough waiting game as doctors and nurses made sure Khloei learned to do the simplest tasks on her own. “She had to learn to suck, swallow and breathe,” said Hayes. But when we visited Hayes Saturday the hospital was finally discharging Khloei a day shy of her original due date.

Modern medicine and technology has helped the little girl get back on track and she is healthy.

This was Hayes’ fourth attempt to take her daughter home as ongoing health problems and an unsteady heart rate kept delaying the trip each time before they walked out the door. Hayes said was ecstatic that Khloei was finally ready to go but said she was nervous, too. “When we get home it’s just me and her. I don’t have that safety anymore,” said Hayes.

But she said she is up for the challenge knowing her daughter is healthy and happy.

  • Mandy

    There are a lot of preemies out there. Glad to hear the baby is ok. This is not really news though. My son was born 15 weeks early and spent 3 months in the NICU. There were 20 to 30 babies in the NICU at the same time just as small if not smaller. This happens every single day. Just ask a NICU nurse! I encourage the Hayes family to get involved with March of Dimes.

  • Joe

    Our child was born weighing 1 pound 5 ounces. She is doing well now 11 years later. We know this happens at times and we pray for a normal childhood. Good luck and God bless!

  • Suzanne

    What a wonderful story. The nurses at Texas Health Presby Dallas are simply the best. They spotted my newborn daughter’s heart defect — before the doctors even noticed. They’re a blessing.

  • Dee

    With so much negative news it is wonderful to hear positive news. This is truly a gift from God. Blessings to all !!!

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