Fifteen weeks into her pregnancy, Cheryl’s membranes ruptured and she had little amniotic fluid remaining. The prognosis was grim: The baby could die. If the pregnancy continued, the baby would suffer from premature birth, immature lungs, possible brain damage, related complications, and would have a very low chance of long-term survival.
Cheryl decided that as long as there was some hope, she would carry the pregnancy through.
At 24 weeks, Cheryl went into labor and delivered a baby boy, Nathan Sunil Chotrani. He weighed just 1 lb 2 oz.
Nathan had much to overcome. In his first day, he suffered from respiratory distress and a collapsed lung. At one week, Nathan suffered a bowel perforation, which put him at very high risk of becoming septic so he was placed on every possible antibiotic to see whether his tiny body could mobilize his immune system enough to fight the infection. Somehow, Nathan managed to heal.
Then, X-rays revealed that Nathan had developed scar tissue creating a blockage in his intestines, making him unable to pass anything through his system, and had to receive his nutrition via IV fluid. At five weeks and just shy of two pounds, Nathan had surgery to repair the blockage.