As their “miracle” baby Josie Brooklyn continues to grow stronger in the hospital, parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar say they won’t soon forget the frightening circumstances surrounding the very early arrival of their 19th child.
Born via emergency c-section at 25 weeks due to Michelle’s pre-eclampsia, Josie weighed just 1lb 6oz and measured 12 inches long.
“The fear comes flooding back,” Michelle, 43, tells People of the delivery. “And the only peace I knew was talking to God through it all.”
Over a month and a half later, Josie remains in the hospital, weighing 2lbs 3oz and taking breast milk through a feeding tube. Jim-Bob, 44, admits that his daughter may have a long road ahead of her, saying that doctors “do not know if there will be any developmental problems or not. We have no idea if she’s going to need therapies or how she will develop.”
Despite it all, the couple aren’t ruling out baby #20.
“We’ll just wait and see what God has in store,” Michelle responds.
For now the couple remain focused on their youngest child: “I want to be able to nurse her,” Michelle says. “And for her daddy to get to hold her.”
The cover of the new issue of People magazine asks the question: How many kids are too many? What do you think?