Somehow, Kenna Moore – born the fourth smallest baby in the world – beat the odds set against her. Two months ago she turned 3 years old – something her doctors never expected to happen.
Kenna was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Jan. 9, 2012, weighing only nine ounces. Her mother, Nicki Moore, suffered from pre-eclampsia and had to deliver her baby via Cesarean section at only 23 weeks. Baby Kenna was so small that doctors didn’t expect her to live long past her birth.
“All these doctors and nurses were looking at us with this pity at these two parents who were so in love with their baby, and they didn't expect her to have a very favorable outcome,” Moore told KPHO.
Despite the grim expectations, Moore and her husband fought for their daughter every step of the way. Three years later, Kenna continues to grow and progress – recently coming off of a feeding and oxygen tube that she had since birth. Kenna is now able to walk and run, and has even begun to talk and eat on her own.
Though she still faces struggles related to her extremely premature, risky birth, Kenna makes more and more progress every day. She’ll likely have to wear glasses for the rest of her life due to a retina condition that resulted from birth complications, but the 3-year-old is otherwise healthy and growing normally.
Moore documents her daughter’s progress on a Facebook page she launched the day she was born called “Keeping Up With Kenna,” which has garnered more than 8,000 likes.
“I think that every thing she's been through gives us a greater appreciation of every little thing she does,” Moore said.