Story & Reporting by Diane Roberts, WUSA 9
WASHINGTON (WUSA 9) -- This story is nothing short of a Christmas miracle. May'launi Bland, one of the smallest babies ever born in the DC area is about ready to head home.
At four months old, May'launi's mom Ronita Bland, says her daughter is blessed to be here.
May'Launi was only 12 ounces when she was born. The neonatal intensive care unit at George Washington University Hospital has been her home since birth. Now that she's a healthy five pounds, May'Launi is heading home with her family for Christmas.
"When she was first born, I didn't think she was going to make it because she was so small," said Ronita.
The hospital's director of newborn services, Dr Hany Aly says: "What's so critical about the work here ... is that every action you do will affect the outcome of this individual as a person for the upcoming 70 years or more."
Dr. Aly says May'Launi's acting like a normal baby and doesn't have have any problems that would affect the rest of her life.
Someone who knows what it's going to be like for Ronita to take home her little baby is Traci Brown, who had preemie babies born at GW Hospital one year ago.
"Their life outside the NICU is going to be unlike anything they've ever experienced because your life becomes so full and it becomes focused in a totally different way," said Traci.
Traci's triplets were born at GW December 26 last year and spent time in the NICU.
There's "A" baby, Tristan, the only boy, born two pounds, one ounce; "B" baby Teagan is the quietest of the bunch and Tierney, baby "C," was 19 ounces at birth.
"She was the strongest and mightiest ... we named her the rock star of the NICU," said Traci.
Traci said she stopped by the hospital with her active brood to thank Dr. Aly and show the NICU staff all of their hard work paid off.
May'launi's middle name is Miracle Legacy. Doctor Aly says she has no complications and can go home on Christmas day. Ronita says she cannot wait to go to the mall and get pictures made of her little girl.