Baby born weighing only 12 ounces now thriving after 6 months in Florida NICU

In this photo provided by Federico Peguero, his daughter Diana Peguero sleeps at Orlando Health Medical Center on Oct. 24, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. Diana was born on Mother’s Day at less than 22 weeks, weighed 12 ounces and was 9 inches long. She is the tiniest baby born at the Orlando Health medical center to survive. (Federico Peguero via AP)

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) —Six months after she was born at 22 weeks and 4 days in the middle of a global pandemic, baby Diana Peguero was released from a central Florida hospital and is now meeting her milestones at home with her family.

Doctors said Diana is the tiniest baby born at Orlando Health medical center to survive.

Her mother, Jomary Tavarez, was just 20 weeks pregnant when she went for a routine checkup in April and doctors discovered she was already starting to dilate, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

She was admitted to Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies, where doctors put her on bed rest. Because of the coronavirus, she spend much of her time alone in the hospital room. Her husband could only stay with her on weekends because he had to work.


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