Wednesday, December 11 2013, 03:31 PM MST
Tiny Baby Proves She is a Fighter
(KUTV) Earlier this year, a couple from Cedar City was at their cabin just outside of Panguitch. Kayla Armstrong was 26 weeks pregnant at the time and knew something was wrong with her unborn baby. The problem, her baby stopped moving. I looked on the internet and it said drink orange juice and lay down for 30 minutes and the baby will move. So I did that and I think I even waited longer and still nothing.
Kayla and her husband Austen went to Garfield Memorial Hospital. Kayla was hooked up to a fetal monitor. At first, it appeared everything was fine. We noticed that the heart rate drops to 60 and then to nothing, said Kayla. And there was literally not a line on the screen telling us there was a heartbeat. Doctors told Kayla her baby was not getting enough oxygen and that they would have to do an emergency C-section. The emergency comes just months after Kayla's second child died shortly after birth. After losing a baby last year, I just started to cry. I just asked the doctor if the baby was going to live.
Tessaly Armstrong arrived more than 3 months prematurely. A life flight helicopter was called in to fly the tiny infant to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George. The helicopter arrived with a team to help try and save Tessaly's life. The doctor told me that they had everything prepared for her not to live. They were expecting her to not make it.
However, little Tessaly was a fighter. She was flown to the NICU at Dixie Regional Medical Center. Two weeks after her birth, she was breathing on her own. And last June, she went home with her parents and big brother. A miracle baby alive thanks to a mothers intuition and the determination of doctors and nurses.
By Carla Roberts
(Copyright 2013 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)