BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - We made it." It's been an emotional time for baby Emily's parents.Emily mother Marilyn Garcia said, "We lived day by day, at one point it was hour by hour, because we didn't even know what was going to happen in the next ten minutes." Emily was born in January, more than four months early, weighing only one pound three ounces.
Garcia said, "There were nights where we didn't know if she was going to make it."
But today is a good day. At 5 pounds 3 ounces, baby Emily is going home. Her father, Boynton Beach Police Officer Jose Rivera said, "We are here to celebrate a true victory. I did not expect this day to come, were just found out literally a day ago that she was coming home today."
During the months that baby Emily has spent in the hospital, doctors and nurses used special equipment to keep track of her breathing and also her heart. Her parents will have to do the same when she is home.
Dr. Deborah Wilbur with Bethesda Hospital East said, "We don't know developmentally what the outcome is going to be, but she is progressed very well in the nicu and that she will be covering milestones and I expect a good outcome from her."
Welcome news for Emily's parents. Her father said, "We are excited we are definitely super excited and we can't wait to start a new journey."