Small miracle: Doctors deliver 14oz baby
OMAHA, NE - He's considered one of the smallest babies ever born in Nebraska. Nathan Ray Teply weighed less than a pound at birth.
Nathan is one small miracle. His parents have watched their son fight for his life after he was born weighing only 14.99 ounces and ten inches long.
"His first picture I have my pinkie right next his hand and it's bigger than his whole hand is, so it's kind of remarkable" said father Eric Teply.
Mary Teply delivered Nathan at 24 weeks after doctors informed her she had preeclampsia. She and her husband Eric made the hard decision to have a c-section to possibly save her life and Nathan's.
"We did what we had to do, and he is still here, he is still fighting." said Mary Teply.
Nathan's doctors say this tiny and this premature of a baby can face so many complications and obstacles, but so far he's staying strong.
"He is definitely the exception and not the rule for babies born that are that size when it just comes to survival." said Dr. Dan Connealy "He is doing well, but still has some goals to achieve before he goes home."
The Templys spend every minute they can with Nathan and this week he reached the five pound mark.
"It's amazing. I enjoy every little gram that we gain, every night and every change he makes every day." said Mary Teply.
The doctors say the changes in Nathan have been amazing.
"This baby has fat on his cheeks, which is awesome and dimples." said Dr. Dan Connealy.
Even though Nathan's fight is far from over, his parents are hopeful for their little fighter who's made it this far.
Doctors say Nathan will have to overcome some obstacles before he can go home. Two of the big ones, eating without a feeding tube and breathing without an oxygen machine.