A newborn who was born in Saint Louis Mo, by the name of Braxton was Mercy Hospital St. Louis' smallest baby born.
As far as tiny babies go "Braxton" was the smallest of the small. The baby boy was born in St. Louis Missouri on April 20, 2015 weighing a meager 11 ounces (310 grams) slightly smaller than a can of Campbell's tomato soup. According to a statement from Mercy Hospital STL, the hospital where he was born. He was the hospital's smallest baby to be born and live at some point in time in the hospital. Braxton spent 12 days in Mercy's NICU and passed away on May 2nd, 2015.
Braxton was born via cesarean section at just 26 weeks and 6 days gestation after his mother experienced severe pregnancy complications, seconds away from death by both mother and baby. "I didn't know what was happening, I didn't know how sick I was, and I was scared because I had never had surgery before. I was just young and ready to see my baby." Braxton's mother said when speaking out about her experience. "My blood pressure was very, very high...They had to deliver him quickly."
The family was made aware that the hospital had every right to give up on trying to get Braxton intubated if it seemed impossible. The family was also told that the likelihood of Braxton surviving at all, after birth was very slim. Shortly after Braxton being delivered, a minute of his survival turned into an hour, which turned into a day, which turned into a week.
Braxton's mother spends most of her time thinking of ways to repay hospital staff while tending to the wants and needs of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Families.