Florida family to spend Christmas together at home after premature baby's long road

Connor Sorenson was born June 29 at just 24 weeks (Florida Hospital)

December 24, 2013 7:48:55 AM PST
A Florida family is getting the ultimate Christmas present this holiday season. Their miracle baby is coming home.

According to Florida Hospital in Orlando, Connor Sorenson was born June 29 at just 24 weeks. He weighed just 14 ounces, making him the smallest baby ever born there.

Doctors weren't sure if Connor would survive, but he has and is doing extremely well, they say. So well, in fact, that he now, after six months in the hospital, he gets to spend Christmas at home with his family.

Hospital officials say babies as small as Connor usually don't survive because their organs are underdeveloped. But thanks to hospital staff, Connor has 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."

Connor, who's undergone multiple surgeries and several procedures, now weighs six and half pounds. He still has a long way to go and will have to constantly be monitored, but his outlook is good.

It's a priceless Christmas present six months in the making.

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