Smallest preemie ever born at Northwest Community Healthcare returns home

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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.-- In May twin baby girls were born 15 weeks premature,  one so critically ill, her survival was in question. But after months in the hospital, a northwest suburban family will be together,  at home, just in time for Christmas.

Kacie and her twin sister Naomi were delivered in May at just 25 weeks-- that's when doctors determined mom Randa Mormance was suffering from hypertension during her pregnancy. Her high blood pressure posed significant risk to the twins, particularly Kacie, who wasn't growing properly in utero.

Both girls had significant lung problems at birth and doctors were concerned about their brain development. Naomi was well enough to go home in August. But Kacie, the smaller of the two, who weighed just 14 ounces at birth-- similar in size to a can of sou -- required more specialized care.

But today, after seven months in the neonatal intensive care unit, it was Kacie's turn. The doctors, nurses and staff at Northwest Community Hospital lined the halls to give the Mormance family a congratulatory send off.

Kacie’s mother, Randa Mormance, said she always had hope but it was just a very hard road.

Joel Fisher, NCH Neonatologist said that “When she was first born she was very critically ill and we weren't sure if she was going to survive. But because we have such a great team, we stabilized her and got her to today.”

Kacie now weighs 10 pounds. She'll remain on supplemental oxygen and receive tube feedings until she can eat more independently but her doctor says she is thriving.