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Baby girl who weighed little more than pound at birth remains in Longview hospital

Longview News Journal
Sunday, August 18, 2013 - 11:29am

Many mothers describe their newborn babies as “tiny,” but the word truly fits Bailey Danielle Wallace, who weighed 1 pound, 3 ounces when she was born Aug. 1.

Bailey, the daughter of Kaitlin and Chris Wallace of Hughes Springs, has been in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Good Shepherd Medical Center since her birth.

Kaitlin Wallace was 23 weeks into her pregnancy when she began premature labor. Bailey is one of the smallest babies ever born at the hospital, officials said.

By comparison, the Salgado quadruplets, born at Good Shepherd Medical Center in 2012, all weighed at least 2 pounds, 9 ounces, at birth. In contrast, the largest baby born at Good Shepherd Medical Center weighed 16 pounds, 1 ounce.

“Everything happened so fast,” Kaitlin Wallace said. “I’d only found out that my baby was a girl the week before she was born. We didn’t have anything ready for a baby yet.”

Hospital officials said Bailey will be able to go home once she reaches about 5 pounds, if she remains healthy. That would likely put her leaving the hospital around the end of November, or about the time when she was due to be born.

Kaitlin Wallace visits her daughter several times a day, staying for an hour or more at a time. Chris Wallace mostly visits in the evenings, when he’s off work.

“We’ve just begun being able to touch her and change her diaper,” she said. “It’s a little scary, because she’s so small, but I want to do things like that for my baby; it helps us feel more like we’re really parents.”

So far, brain scans indicate that Bailey is developing normally, she said.

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