Christmas time is a story and a time of miracles, and sometimes there is a perfect story to remind us that the Christmas spirit is alive and well.http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2013-12-23/health/os-smallest-baby-florida-hospital-20131223_1_smallest-baby-tiny-baby-universal-orlando
Little Connor was born in a Florida hospital at a miniscule 14-ounces at 24-weeks on July 29th of this year, so small that the father’s wedding band could easily fit over tiny Connor’s leg with room to spare.
The odds would be against the tiny tot and perhaps the cost and risk would justify an abortion, an alternative so easily used when medical complications arise particularly before the 30-week limit where many abortions are done.
However the Sorensen’s have been attempting to have a baby for years and this pregnancy was special.
The father Eric said in an interview to Scott Powers in an interview to the Orlando Sentinel in a story published December 23rd,
"Connor was our fifth IVF [in vitro fertilization] try, and he was the only one who was able to hang on."
Something that is so easily obtained by others is probably not valued as greatly by those longing to have children and have great difficulty in receiving the gift of pregnancy as the Sorensens. Baby Connor was a special gift, one the Sorensens knew they had to desperately hang on to. They also needed a miracle, a big one.
There were going to be numerous procedures to support the underdeveloped internal functions of baby Connor. Due to complications the hospital had little option but to force mother Holly into an early cesarean delivery. Babies born at 24-weeks have a 1-in-3 chance of ever leaving the hospital let alone surviving according to Doctor Rajan Wadhawan who is the hospital’s medical director of neonatology at Florida Hospital for Children in Florida.
In this age of throw away babies and medical insurance denial, it would have been a tough assignment winning approval for medical procedures for something looking as desperate as the one the Sorensens were facing. Fortunately the call to invest in life instead of investing in death was made.
Minutes became hours and hours became days which turned into weeks, and still little Connor clung to life tighter than a locked jaw of a ferocious pit bull. Weeks turned into months and the probability that Connor should have expired was overcome by a spectacular medical team and the prayers of the Sorensens.
Countless vigilance by the 37-year old mother Holly and the 42-year father Eric was paying off. There was an understated reflection by the mother who gave thoughts that underplayed the massive effort of people and family to weather through this supreme test of faith and courage.
"There's no better gift than this little guy right here," Holly mentioned on Monday. "I just look at this little boy, and I dream about what the future has for him."
Then Holly kissed Connor on the forehead and teared up as many would do that have been touched by Connor’s story of supernatural survival.
The Sorensens expect a full house of relatives and friends through the holidays.
"He's a miracle, coming home for Christmas," his father Eric said.
Christmas is indeed a time for miracles as the birth of Jesus over 2000 years ago has replicated other miracles in its wake. It was also a story of a miraculous birth.
The Sorensens are just as ecstatic regarding the birth of their Christmas miracle.