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1 1/2-pound baby born on cruise ship beats odds to survive

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SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah woman who unexpectedly gave birth on a cruise ship months before her due date says she wrapped towels around the 1 1/2-pound baby in a desperate effort to help him survive until the ship reached port.

Emily Morgan, of Ogden, said Thursday that doctors didn’t expect her son Haiden to live, but thanks to strong lungs, a makeshift incubator and an early arrival in Puerto Rico, the baby made it. He’s now being cared for at a neonatal intensive care unit in Miami.

The 28-year-old woman says the baby was due in December but contractions began Aug. 31 during a seven-day cruise around the eastern Caribbean. She says she had her doctor’s approval to take the cruise to celebrate her daughter’s third birthday.

KSL-TV in Salt Lake City was first to report on the birth.