California parents asked doctors to save their baby boy when he was born on Tuesday, weighing only 14 ounces at 22 weeks.
Carrie Maize, 23, suffered an umbilical cord prolapse and she and her husband, James, 30, decided to move forward with an emergency C-section to save their son Decklen, who was born four months early, the Daily Mail reported.
An umbilical cord prolapse is a condition where the cord moves through the birth canal ahead of the baby, according to AboutKidsHealth.com.
Decklen measures only 10 inches long, and is now under 24-hour supervision in the neo-natal intensive care unit at St. Mary Medical Center in Apple Valley.
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“It was a choice between me and my wife if we wanted to try to save him or not,” James told CBS2. “We decided that we wanted to try to save him, so they rushed her back for a C-section.”
Last year, the Maize's lost their daughter Serenity after also being born at 22 weeks of pregnancy and said they wanted to give little Decklen a chance to survive.
“If he’s a fighter, you know, we want him to fight and make his own decisions,” James said. “It’s rough…just being able to sit there at his bedside and just pretty much whisper.”
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James is currently serving in the Army and is stationed in Virginia. He rushed back to California to be by his wife's side for the medical emergency.
“If a baby can be saved, if you have a doctor that is willing to do what he has to do…and we have a great doctor, you know, and he’s doing everything he possibly can for our son,” James said.
According to the Victorville Daily Press, Decklen's expected date of delivery was Sept. 15. The premature baby boy will soon join siblings Charlie, 5, Kaydn, 4, Skyleeshay, 3, and Lindsay, 2.