The star of the TLC reality show 18 Kids and Counting underwent an emergency C-section several months early after gallbladder problems caused her to be airlifted to a Little Rock, AR hospital.
Josie Brooklyn Duggar, delivered at 25 weeks gestation, weighed one pound six ounces at birth and is listed in stable condition at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
Only six percent of babies are born as early as 25 weeks, but such babies have an 82 percent chance of survival is they receive aggressive treatment through intensive care. Little Josie's organs are less developed than most preemies and her risk of complications is much higher due to her short gestational period.
Risks grow for mom Michelle with each successive pregnancy, as well. According to Dr Joanna Cain, an OBGYN in Providence, RI, women who've had more than five children run the risk of hemorrhage and loss of uterus because multiple pregnancies can thin the walls of the uterus.
TLC says, "Michelle is resting comfortably," and that "the family is grateful for all the prayers and well wishes during their recovery."
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