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Smallest Baby Born at Florida Hospital Goes Home for the Holidays

Connor Sorensen was born at just 24 weeks old, weighing 14 ounces

ORLANDO, Fla., December 23, 2013 - One Central Florida family is getting the ultimate Christmas gift: their miracle baby will be home in time for Christmas. Connor Sorensen was born on June 29, 2013, at 24 weeks old weighing just 14 ounces.  Connor is the smallest baby ever born at Florida Hospital. Doctors were unsure if little Connor would be able to survive, but despite all the odds, he is doing extremely well and will be able to spend Christmas at home with his family after nearly six months in the hospital.

“When Connor was first born, the staff at the hospital suggested we take a lot of pictures,” said Eric Sorensen, Connor’s father. “Because of how small he was, no one was sure if Connor would be able to survive. Someone suggested I put my wedding band around his leg to show how small he was. It is amazing to look back on that photo and see how far he has come.”

Connor weighed only 380 grams at birth, or about 14 ounces. Babies that are born this small do not often survive because essential organs are often too underdeveloped. But the staff at Florida Hospital did everything they could to give Connor a fighting chance.

“It’s so amazing that the technology is available and the skill and knowledge of the nurses and physicians were all in one place,” said Holly Sorensen, Connor’s mother. “Given how small he was, we weren’t sure what would happen. It truly is a blessing to be going home.”

During the past six months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Florida Hospital for Children, Connor has undergone several surgeries and numerous procedures.

“Connor’s digestive system was underdeveloped so Connor had to undergo several surgeries in order to allow him to be fed properly,” said Dr. Rajan Wadhawan, medical director of neonatology at Florida Hospital for Children. “But now, he is doing quite well, especially given how small he was when he was born.”

Today, Connor weighs nearly six and half pounds. He still has a long road ahead of him and will have to be monitored closely by his pediatrician, but the outlook is good. After six months in the hospital, Connor will be able to spend his first Christmas at home with his parents.  

“Florida Hospital has been a home away from home for us. The staff has become like family and it will be bittersweet to say goodbye to the team that has cared for Connor every day,” said Holly. “But we are so excited to start the next chapter of Connor’s life.”

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