Josie Duggar, the 19th child of Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar, was finally released from the hospital yesterday after a long stint due to complications associated with being born prematurely at 25 weeks gestation on December 10 weighing a scant 1 lb, 6 oz. Michelle suffered from pre-eclampsia, necessitating an emergency c-section. (Given her condition, I’ve questioned the ethics of filming a micro-preemie in such a fragile state for a reality tv show.)
“We’re so happy that she’s doing so well,” Michelle said. “She’s finally home, home, home.”
Josie has gained six pounds since birth, putting her now around the size of a full-term infant at 7 lbs., 6 oz. Her doctor has the following prognosis:
“Her digestive issues have been linked to lactose intolerance,” says Dr. Robert Arrington, co-director of the neonatal intensive care unit at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. “We are happy that she is doing so well and fully expect her to continue to thrive. Today, as she’s leaving, she looks like a full-term baby.”
Let’s hope she continues to thrive and is home for good — and that her parents let her recover in peace off-camera for a while.
Sadly, the second part is not to be. Per PEOPLE, “Josie’s emotional homecoming from the hospital will be featured in the premiere of 19 Kids and Counting on Aug. 10 at 9 p.m.”