After spending nearly five months in the neonatal intensive care unit of an Arkansas childrens’ hospital, the youngest child of Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar, Josie Brooklyn, has been released from the hospital. Mom Michelle told PEOPLE of the good news,
We’re so happy that she’s doing so well. She’s finally home, home, home.”
Josie was born at 25 weeks gestation weighing only 1lb. 6oz., and soon after suffered from a perforated bowel. After a brief release from the hospital, she had to be readmitted as her vital signs were low.
She is now up to 7 lbs. 6 oz. and a diagnosis has been made on her condition. Josie’s physician Dr. Robert Arrington revealed, “Her digestive issues have been linked to lactose intolerance. We are happy that she is doing so well and fully expect her to continue to thrive. Today, as she’s leaving, she looks like a full-term baby.”
Though Josie has been cleared to go home, Michelle has said that they will remain close to the hospital for a few weeks, “We’re going to wait and see how it all goes. We’re going to take it easy and hang out close to the hospital.”