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Miracle baby born on New Year's Day

14:31 Feb 10 2016 Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, United States of America


Miracle baby born on New Year's Day Miracle baby born on New Year's Day
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He may not have been the first baby of the New Year in Atlanta, but little Michael Edward Welch was definitely a special delivery at Northside Hospital on New Year’s Day.

The miracle baby was born four weeks early. His 29-year-old mother, Katherine Welch, was diagnosed in October with acute myeloid leukemia when she was 22 weeks pregnant.

Her oncologist says AML, a cancer of the bone marrow, is rare for a woman of Welch’s age and even rarer for an expectant mother. She spent the past three months at Northside receiving treatment and being monitored by more than two dozen doctors.

Bayne Million tells WSB’s Sandra Parrish his daughter had just recently finished her third round of chemo when Michael decided to make his entrance into the world.

“The plan was to induce labor in between rounds three and four of chemo... and as God would have it, her water broke naturally on its own after she was recovering from round three,” he says.

Michael was born perfectly healthy weighing 5 pounds and 18.5 inches long.

“It had no effect at all on Michael; he actually just went to the pediatrician and checked out in perfect health,” says proud aunt, Brooke O’Donnell.

She says her sister’s blood counts are better than they have ever been and doctors are ready for her to begin her fourth and final round of chemo on Monday.

This time, instead of staying at the hospital, Welch will receive out-patient treatment and remain home with husband Nicholas and their new son.

“They’re enjoying spending time with Michael,” says O’Donnell. “Katherine is a fabulous mother. I wouldn’t expect anything less.”
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