Doctors Thought That This Baby Wouldn’t Survive, But 11 Weeks Later A Minor Miracle Unfolded

After Ashley Zachmeyer fell pregnant, doctors warned her that the chances of her baby surviving were slim. But although the odds were against her, the expectant mom made the decision to to fight for her unborn child. And as her pregnancy progressed, doctors were amazed by what was happening before their eyes.

Zachmeyer works for a medical company and lives with her husband Jeffery, a truck driver, in Dallas, Georgia. The couple both attended South Paulding high school in Douglasville and announced their engagement in September 2016. The couple were married soon after, on March 18, 2017. But the wedding wasn’t the only cause for celebration.

Indeed, the pair was also expecting their first child and discovered this when Zachmeyer was seven weeks pregnant. She was stunned, because she had been told that it wouldn’t be possible. “I had been diagnosed with something called P.C.O.S., Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, which led to infertility. My husband had also been told there was a slim chance of him having kids as well,” she shared on the Today.com forums.

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In fact, Zachmeyer had taken multiple pregnancy tests that had all come back negative. But when doctors checked for what they believed to be a cyst, they told her that she was actually pregnant. However, it wasn’t long before the problems began.

During her check-up at 12 weeks, doctors told her that a blood clot had formed in her womb. They instructed her to remain in bed while medical professionals kept a close eye on her. But to their surprise, six weeks later doctors discovered that the clot had gone.

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Although this was good news in itself, Zachmeyer could tell that something else was seriously wrong. “The sonographer grew worried as she continued the anatomy scan. I knew she couldn’t say anything, but she didn’t have to,” the expectant mom recalled. “Her face said it all.”

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Zachmeyer went on, “My baby girl was three weeks behind on growth already and had very little amniotic fluid.” The mom-to-be then went to see a high-risk pregnancy specialist. And during the meeting with him, he delivered some heartbreaking news.

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The doctor warned Zachmeyer that her baby’s chance of living was below 20 percent. The doctor went to to tell her that as a healthy young woman, trying for another a child was still an option. But the expectant mom didn’t want to lose hope for the infant still growing inside her. However, a second specialist revealed that her levels of amniotic fluid were dangerously low. They also asked her to look out for any indications that she was having a miscarriage.

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Zachmeyer persisted with check-ups three times a week but the situation was showing no signs of improvement. “At this point, I had almost given up. I cried, I screamed, I broke down, but when I was at my worst I ended up finding a little bit of faith,” she shared.

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“With every week that passed, I had a little more hope. Things kept getting worse, but I couldn’t give up. God chose me to be her mother for a reason. [My daughter] continued to grow further and further behind, the amniotic fluid rose but always fell.”

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At 26 weeks along, doctors told Zachmeyer that blood couldn’t properly traveling through her umbilical cord. Then she got the news that she would probably lose the baby that day. Doctors explained that they could either let that happen or do everything within their means to keep her daughter alive. They warned the expectant mom that the baby’s tiny body probably wouldn’t be able to handle the trauma – but she refused to give up.

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“I’m not sure what changed in me that moment, but I gained strength I’ve never felt before. It was time to fight,” Zachmeyer wrote. “I chose for them to do everything, I didn’t have to think twice. Something in my gut told me to fight for [my daughter], so that’s what I continued to do.”

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In the days to come, what took place stunned the medical professionals. They admitted Zachmeyer to the hospital where she had to remain in her bed. The medical team believed it would be no more than three days until she gave birth. Both they and the Zachmeyers took it one day at a time – and within a month the mom-to-be hit 29 weeks along.

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Five days after that, doctors knew they couldn’t wait any longer before delivering the baby. Zachmeyer did not appear to have any amniotic fluid and her little girl wasn’t making any movements. Howeever, the proud mom was able to welcome her child on June 22, 2017, at just less than 30 weeks. And this came just 11 weeks after discovering that her child had a one in five chance of survival.

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The couple gave their daughter the name Adalee, meaning “noble one.”  She weighed just 14.5 ounces, which is the average size of a 22-week-old fetus. Her parents knew that they still had many problems to face because of her small size. As a result, she became a patient of the neonatal intensive care unit at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

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“The first time I [saw] her, she had translucent skin and you could see every bone in her body along with the loops of her intestines. I couldn’t believe she was here fighting,” Zachmeyer wrote. “I couldn’t believe a child the size of a can of Coke was living. Not many other people could either.”

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Both Adalee’s physicians and her parents believed she would have severe medical problems. But, as it turned out, the only issue to speak of was her small size. Zachmeyer was finally able to hold her daughter at three weeks old and called it “the best feeling in the world.” And at three months old, the little girl no longer needed help to breathe and even started drinking from a bottle.

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Baby Adalee was able to go home at 106 days old, weighing four pounds and four ounces. She had a feeding tube for a few days and a needed heart monitor, and also had an eye problem. However, by the time she was six months old and weighed seven pounds, she no longer needed her monitor and the eye issue had almost resolved itself.

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Zachmeyer revealed that Adalee’s one remaining medical issue was a thyroid disorder. Now, the little girl is 14 months old and the mom-of-one thanked the hospital team for saving her daughter. “She has continued to beat every odd placed against her,” she added. “To say we were blessed with a miracle is an understatement.”

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After sharing her moving story online, commenters were touched by Adalee’s amazing recovery as well the way in which Zachmeyer fought for her daughter. “Congratulations on the birth and progress of your miracle warrior princess,” Timmara Tanner Grant wrote. “[A] very encouraging story. She is blessed to have a mother willing to stand in faith for her life when hope seemed lost.”

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