‘Fighting Finn’: 1-Pound Preemie Who Survived 100 Days In NICU Has Been Released From Hospital

A Florida couple returned home from the hospital with their newborn baby after more than 100 days after their child was born weighing 1 pound, 2 ounces.

Good Morning America reports Finn James Hill was released from Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, Florida, on September 10, after a medical miracle kept the 1-pound preemie alive and in good health.

“At birth, doctors gave Finn a 50% chance of survival,” the GMA report continued.

Mother Jessica Hill of Lakeland told the network: “It didn’t hit me until we left and it was the three of us for the first time. I knew we wouldn’t have to take him back. It was everything we hoped and prayed for.”

GMA reports more on their story:

Jessica and Chris Hill experienced nine years of infertility. The couple underwent cycles of IVF with their own sperm and egg. After no success, the Hills looked into embryo adoptions.

Jessica Hill said she met a couple on Facebook, and through them adopted eight embryos. After one unsuccessful embryo pregnancy, Hill she became pregnant with twins.

At 10 weeks, she lost baby B. Baby A, Finn, survived. But Hill experienced a blood clot that caused her water to break at 24 weeks.

Jessica Hill explained, “Initially, it was just shock.”

“I started crying and asking my doctor, ‘What are his chances of survival if you take him out now?’ The doctor said he was safer on the outside than he was inside,” she continued per Good Morning America.


On May 21, Finn was born via an emergency cesarean section. His original due date was Sept. 6.

On June 6, Finn was transferred from Lakeland Regional Medical Center to Nemours’ level 4 NICU.

Jessica described the situation as “terrifying” as baby Finn underwent multiple surgeries to repair a hole in his heart and another to “correct Necrotizing enterocolitis, or NEC, a serious illness that affects a preemie’s intestines.”

Good Morning America adds:

On Aug. 19, Finn was photographed by family friend Lindsey Cassidy in the hospital, where he spent his first four months fighting for his life.

Two weeks later, Finn’s parents brought him home. He is now 4 months old and weighs 5 pounds, 5 ounces.

“Meet this NICU patient affectionately known as ‘Fighting Finn,'” Nemours Children’s Hospital wrote on Facebook in July. “Our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit confirms that the name certainly fits! He was born at 24 weeks and continues to make a remarkable recovery!”

Meet this NICU patient affectionately known as 'Fighting Finn'. Our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit confirms that the name…

Posted by Nemours Children's Hospital on Sunday, July 21, 2019

Republican Congressman Lee Zeldin shared the story over Twitter, where he called Finn’s life an “amazing blessing.”