Jessica was 22 weeks into her first pregnancy and had just returned from a doctor’s appointment with a report that she and the baby were doing fine.
“Everything looked good,” the Plainfield resident said of the doctor’s appointment on July 6, 2016. “I wasn’t having any complications. There weren’t any red flags.”
The next day Jessica went into labor and self-delivered an extremely premature baby boy named Seth.
“It was a shock,” Jessica said of going into labor at 22 weeks. “The day before I was told everything looked normal.”
Seth weighed just 1 pound and 3 ounces at birth and was given little chance to survive, according to his mother.
“Doctors said he would live only minutes to a few hours tops,” Jessica said. “Twenty-four weeks is the age of viability for premature babies and Seth wasn’t there. Babies at 22 weeks don’t live.”
Just removed from celebrating his first birthday, Seth is defying the odds and was released from the hospital for the first time on Sept. 20, 2017. His current condition is “nothing short of a miracle,” according to his mother. Jessica attributes this “miracle” to “two types of blood.”
“The most important was the blood of Jesus,” said Jessica, who is a professional gospel singer. “I cannot explain how [Seth] is still here, how he smiles, how he’s full of love, how he fights. It can only be explained by Jesus Christ honoring his word as a healer.”
The second type of blood Jessica was referring to comes from the generous donors who roll up their sleeve and give a pint.
“My son and I were not a blood match so we had to rely on people who had donated blood,” she said. “Seth wasn’t making enough [red] blood [cells]. He needed a transfusion of either blood or platelets just about every other day for the first couple of months. He ended up having more than 20 transfusions of blood and platelets during the first few months of his life.”
“Seth does have occasional challenges but considering the circumstances he’s doing quite well,” Jessica said. “He’s my little miracle.”