Appropriately known as the “miracle baby,” Hannah Bella Rodriguez is now 5 pounds 5 ounces and growing stronger everyday. After intense evaluation and months of life-saving treatments, doctors cleared Hannah to finally go home.
When she was discharged this past Tuesday, hospital staff at the Nassau University Medical Center celebrated the miracle baby with a special ceremony.
Hannah’s mother, Jennifer Pena de Mena, was first hospitalized in June due to complications with her pregnancy. Doctors monitored her for a few weeks before deciding to deliver Hannah in July after her heart rate began to decline.
De Mena was only 27 weeks pregnant.
The mother said she was “so scared” to undergo the emergency C-section that would deliver her daughter.
“They helped me a lot,” de Mena says of the staff at Nassau University Medical Center. “I was crying in the surgery room, but they held my hands, and they told me everything is for your baby,” she told a local news station at the special ceremony.
When she was born, Hannah weighed only 1 pound, 4 ounces. The smallest baby to ever be born at the hospital, she was the size of an average adult hand.
De Mena used the ceremony to thank hospital staff for taking such wonderful care of her and Hannah over the last four months.
“I never lost my faith,” de Mena said. “She’s always going to be my beautiful baby, and I love her.”
Hannah’s original due date was in October. Now this month, she’s finally going home, a happy and healthy baby for the first time.
Doctors say the miracle baby is stable and thriving. She will still attend regular check-ups for premature newborns, but for now, de Mena is just excited to get her daughter home.