Cruise Ship 'Miracle Baby' Finally Goes Home

Haiden Morgan, born 15 weeks prematurely, weighed just 1.5 pounds at birth
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 24, 2015 2:44 PM CST
Cruise Ship 'Miracle Baby' Finally Goes Home
In this Sept. 11, 2015, file photo provided by Emily Morgan, Chase Morgan holds his son Haiden's hand at the Miami Children's Hospital.   (Emily Morgan via AP, File)

Little Haiden Morgan is finally back in Utah. The baby born 15 weeks prematurely in August on a Royal Caribbean cruise and not expected to live much past his birth was reunited with his family at Ogden Airport after spending 78 days at Miami Children's Hospital, Fox 13 reports. Haiden weighed just 1.5 pounds at birth, and his mom, Emily Morgan, was initially told she had miscarried. But once it was determined Haiden was indeed alive, the ship's captain sped 14 hours to the nearest hospital in Puerto Rico; Haiden was flown from there to the Miami hospital.

AirMed, an air ambulance service that's part of University of Utah Health Care, flew a now 4.5-pound Haiden home for free, with a spokeswoman telling Fox 13 that "all of us have adopted him … he'll always be part of our family." Haiden's dad, Chase, calls his son's return "surreal." Haiden will be hospitalized for a few more weeks at an Ogden hospital until it's safe for him to go home, with his transition to Utah's higher elevation being one of the factors to watch. The family hopes he'll be home for Christmas, ABC News reports. (A Georgia woman's "miracle baby" saved her life.)

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