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Sierra Vista family asks for help after welcoming one-pound baby to the world

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Micro preemie
Nicole Maddox

TUCSON (KVOA) - A family is asking for help after their one-pound baby was delivered at Tucson Medical Center Monday morning.

According to the family, Henry Augustus Truhill, a micro-preemie, was born at 8:44 a.m. Monday, weighing in at one pound and 11 inches long.

His mother, Nicole Truhill reportedly was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia and had placental abruption earlier that Monday at anyon Vista Medical Center in Sierra Vista. Due to their lives being at risk, Truhill was airlifted to TMC for an emergency C-Section to deliver at only 25 weeks.

“Placental abruption occurs when the placenta separates from the inner wall of the uterus before birth," TMC medical experts said. "Placental abruption can deprive the baby of oxygen and nutrients and cause heavy bleeding in the mother.”

The family said Henry has remained stable this week despite medical professionals projecting a 50-50 survival rate. They said the baby has received blood transfusions to help increase his oxygen levels.

He is currently breathing on his own, according to the family.

“I have never seen something so beautiful, small and fragile in my whole life. I felt overwhelmed with emotion in that moment, gratitude, a sense of miracle, relief and sheer terror all at the same time," Henry's father, Kyle Truhill said. "I’ve never cried so much in my whole life as I have this week. We just want our baby to live.”

The family said TMC projects that Henry can be released from the hospital sometime between the end of May or beginning of June.

Due the large amount of out-of-pocket expenses, loss of income and uncovered medical bills projected in connection to Henry's birth, the family is asking for monetary donations.

Anyone who wishes to help is advised to visit gofundme.com.

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Anthony Victor Reyes

Anthony Victor Reyes is the lead digital content producer at News 4 Tucson. The award-winning journalist previously worked as a community reporter in Jasper County, Iowa.

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