A size five ring is almost as big as the hand of baby Sophia Reneigh Reynolds.
Born at one pound, two ounces, Sophia spent the first few months of her life in a hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
“Things were going all as planned [when] unfortunately and unexpected[ly] at 22 weeks [Sophia’s mom Valerie] went into labor,” Sophia’s aunt Trish Gaubatz wrote on a GoFundMe page established to raise money for the family and assist with gas and other expenses. “Now it is up to the doctors to help baby Sophie grow.”
Sophia or ‘Sophie,’ as her parents call her, was born on August 15, just 23 weeks into Valerie’s pregnancy.
“She’s a little fighter and has got a long way to go yet,” Gaubatz, who is Valerie Reynolds’ sister, wrote.
Sophie is one of the smallest babies to be treated at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, according to Fox 8.
“She’s very, very sick, but she’s doing really well,” Valerie Reynolds told the Mansfield News Journal. “Right now, the doctors think she’s going to be pretty normal, but things could go wrong. They monitor her every day.”
During the first weeks of her life, Sophie had surgery on her bowel in addition to undergoing blood transfusions. She also suffered a brain hemorrhage, an event that is common among premature babies with fragile brains.
“The second day after she was born they actually let me hold her,” Valeria told Fox 8 Cleveland. “They had to get a lamp to keep her warm and wrap me up and have her against me.”
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