Doctors didn’t think Ariana Sophia Cruz-Gutierrez would make it. The infant girl wasn’t even breathing when she was born, and weighed only 12 ounces.
But doctors had no choice but to induce labor early for Sophia’s mother. The mother had gestational hypertension, which can cause serious health concerns for both mother and baby.
Ariana’s parents spent five months after her birth, watching the baby fight for survival, using every form of ventilation and many blood transfusions.
She was the hospital’s smallest premature baby to ever survive at the hospital.
Watch Ariana’s story in the video below: