Home | National | Florida's smallest ever baby who weighed just 14oz when he was born 16 weeks early finally comes home in time for the holidays

Florida's smallest ever baby who weighed just 14oz when he was born 16 weeks early finally comes home in time for the holidays

By
Font size: Decrease font Enlarge font
  • Connor Sorensen has spent six months in hospital since his early arrival
  • Dad Eric could slip wedding band round son's leg when he was first born
  • Baby boy now weights a healthier 6lb 5oz

By Jessica Jerreat

PUBLISHED: 01:53 EST, 26 December 2013 | UPDATED: 01:54 EST, 26 December 2013

0

View
comments

Connor Sorensen was the smallest baby to ever be born at Orlando's Hospital for Children, but he has defied all odds to survive - and even made it home for Christmas.

Tiny Connor has needed round-the-clock care for the past six months after he was born 16 weeks early and weighing only 14oz.

After months of anxiety for his parents, Holly and Eric Sorensen, Connor was well enough to finally go home for the first time this week.

Christmas gift: Connor Sorensen, who was born 16 weeks early, has finally been able to go home with his parents

Christmas gift: Connor Sorensen, who was born 16 weeks early, has finally been able to go home with his parents

Tiny miracle: Connor, pictured gently holding his mom's finger in July, weighed just 14oz when he was born

Tiny miracle: Connor, pictured gently holding his mom's finger in July, weighed just 14oz when he was born

Mrs Sorensen was just 24 weeks' pregnant when she had Connor. Doctors told her to take plenty of pictures of her newborn in case he didn't survive.

When he first arrived, Connor's limbs were so tiny that his father could easily slip his wedding band around his leg.

'It is amazing to look back on that photo and see how far he has come,' Mr Sorensen told Click Orlando, adding: 'We are so proud of him and every day we call him our little fighter.'

Since his birth on June 24 Connor has defied all odds, and overcome several surgeries on his underdeveloped digestive system.

By the time he was released from hospital he weighed a healthy 6lb 5oz and doctors say in just a couple of months he will be as healthy as a normal baby.

Big day: After six months in hospital Connor has gone home with parents Holly and Eric Sorensen

Big day: After six months in hospital Connor has gone home with parents Holly and Eric Sorensen

Fragile: Eric Sorensen could fit his wedding band around his son's leg when Connor was first born

Fragile: Eric Sorensen could fit his wedding band around his son's leg when Connor was first born

Making progress: Doctors said Connor had only a one in three chance of survival but the baby has defied all odds

Making progress: Doctors said Connor had only a one in three chance of survival but the baby has defied all odds

'Given how small he was, we weren’t sure what would happen. It truly is a blessing to be going home,' Mrs Sorensen said earlier this week, as she prepared to finally take her baby home.

The couple had been dreaming of starting a family for nearly eight years when Mrs Sorensen found out she was pregnant.

But complications meant she had to have an emergency cesarean at just 24 weeks. When her son was delivered the couple were told he had only a one in three chance of survival.

'It was a great feeling to beat the odds. Especially right on time for Christmas,' Mr Sorensen told ABC 7. The couple said they couldn't thank the hospital enough for their 'gift'.

'It’s so amazing that the technology is available and the skill and knowledge of the nurses and physicians were all in one place,' Mrs Sorensen said.

Growing strong: Connor has made amazing progress after being the smallest baby born in Orlando, above, to becoming the happy little boy ready to go home for Christmas, below

Growing strong: Connor has made amazing progress after being the smallest baby born in Orlando, above, to becoming the happy little boy ready to go home for Christmas, below

Connor
Read more:

MOST WATCHED NEWS VIDEOS

MOST READ NEWS

 

 
 

Colorado News

Get the latest Colorado news, sports, weather, entertainment, business & political news and more from Colorado Newsday.
 
  • Email to a friend Email to a friend
  • Print version Print version
  • Plain text Plain text

Rate this article

0
 
 

Photo Galleries

PHOTOS: Plastic Surgery Celebrity Awkward family photos 
 
UPDATED: Faces of Meth PHOTOS: Celebrities all a-Twitter

More galleries ››

 
 
 
  1. Drunk tractor driver decapitates three people in head-on crash (1.00)

  2. Spoiled’ teen takes parents to court (1.00)

  3. Terms of Service (0)

  4. Colorado Newsday Privacy Policy (0)

  5. Kim Kardashian denied access to Vanity Fair party (0)

  6. Russian troops threaten to shoot Ukrainian soldiers in tense stand-off (0)

  7. Boxer vows to fight on – after 51st defeat in row (0)

  8. Forbes rich list names world’s youngest billionaires (0)

  9. Pregnant woman drives kids into ocean in Florida (0)

  10. Oprah Winfrey tells Lindsay Lohan to ‘cut the bull****’ in trailer for new reality show Lindsay (0)

  11. Denver Man Michael McGinley threatened to kill wife in phone call at DA’s office (0)

  12. Couple stole little girl's iPod in Aurora (0)

  13. Former director of Breckenridge Film Festival Dawna Foxx given 5 years for embezzling $300K (0)

  14. Knee injury to sideline Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan 6-8 weeks (0)

  15. Rodin? No, it's rodent art by Dickens' descendants! Novelist's great-great-granddaughter forges sculpture featuring 2ft rats  (0)

  16. Relationships: You are publicly invited to our #insta-wedding (0)

  17. Pictured: The two men who 'breached White House security one after the other' - an Iraq vet with PTSD who 'jumped the fence with a knife', and a 19-year-old college student (0)

  18. Pope Francis arrives in Albania to boosted security presence after threats flagged to Interpol from returning militants trained in Iraq and Syria (0)

  19. British woman found dead and partner still missing off the coast of Mexico after the yacht they were in was hit by Hurricane Odile  (0)

  20. Millions to march in cities all over the world today demanding urgent action on climate change (0)

  21. Did Thai murder victims argue with island gangster before they were brutally killed? Locals claim no one will speak out 'because they are too scared' (0)

  22. Lykoi cat skitters around delightfully as it plays a game of catch (0)

  23. Mum quits smoking after online deal with daughter goes viral (0)

  24. Couple who lived on takeaways shed more than 13st between them after discovering how to make kebabs at home (0)

  25. That's one expensive car crash: Driver writes off his friend's $400,000 Lamborghini in late night smash (0)

  26. Business class ONLY: Michelin-starred menus, massage chairs, luxury cosmetics and more on new boutique airline (and you won't believe what it costs!) (0)

  27. Truth of Kate's the Duchess of Cambridge's morning sickness, by DR ELLIE CANNON (0)

  28. Polygamist women 'try and abduct girl set to testify against their husband at rape trial' (0)

  29. Poconos standoff with 'trooper killer' goes into NINTH day as police insist they are closing in on survivalist  (0)

  30. Photo shows every plane landing at LaGuardia Airport in New York over one hour (0)

  31. Salmond lashes out at 'totally shameless' Westminster leaders for 'tricking' Scottish voters into rejecting independence (0)

  32. How America went mad for the iPhone 6: From the Big Apple to Silicon Valley, maps show social media explosion around launch of new smartphone juggernaut (0)

  33. 'I'm more obsessed with sharks than ever': Environmental activist reveals the horrifying moment she was attacked by a shark - and now she's speaking out to save them (0)

  34. Swedish man convicted of rape has charged overturned after court decided attack could have been because of 'sexsomnia'  (0)

  35. It can't be too far off! VERY pregnant Chelsea Clinton appears at star-studded gala as dad Bill reveals October 1 due date (0)

  36. Boy who danced while he was being treated for Ebola in heart-warming video is one of lucky few to make full recovery and leave treatment camp in Liberia  (0)

  37. Into the deep! Rare 350kg colossal squid found in the Antarctic is defrosted and examined by scientists for the first time (0)

  38. Bride to be killed in car crash and fiance injured on way back from pre-marriage counselling session  (0)

  39. He should play for the team! Quick-thinking cadet saves Texas A&M's beloved collie from getting trampled by rival receiver  (0)

  40. 'Annabelle Forest' was forced to sleep with 1,800 men by age 18 in Satanic sex cult (0)

  41. Throne goal: Prince William plays table football with teenagers during a lunch-time match... and scores the winning shot (0)

  42. Sarah Palin finally speaks out about Alaska brawl (0)

  43. 'World's sexiest criminal' Stéphanie Boudoin charged with 114 COUNTS (0)

  44. Fury over NY Times critic who called 'Scandal' and 'Grey's Anatomy' creator Shonda Rhimes an 'angry black woman' (0)

  45. Seven-month-old baby girl orphaned after parents found dead in suspected murder-suicide (0)

  46. SpaceX Falcon rocket blasts off from Florida with cargo for the International Space Station (0)

  47. NYPD crash kills officer and another eight cops left injured (0)

  48. Miracle survival of baby washed 200ft and buried in mud by floodwater that tore down bedroom wall (0)

  49. Multi-millionaire was so happy his wife survived cancer he gave away his entire £16million fortune to help other patients but then she left him because she was so fed up (0)

  50. Why did no-one raise the alarm earlier? Shocking images of injuries endured by toddler were taken by family TWO months before his body was found in woods (0)