(03/18/14) - Hurley Medical Center is celebrating the life of one of the smallest babies ever born at the hospital.
Laila Shells is only seven months old, but she's already an experienced fighter.
"They told me I had a less than 5 percent chance in her survival," said Cherrell Shells, Laila's mother.
Laila was born on Aug. 14 and weighed just 13 ounces - three short of a pound. Cherrell was only 24 weeks into her pregnancy.
"It's been a long road," Cherrell said.
Doctor Aladdin Rahman says the odds were stacked against her.
"Babies born that early and that small usually don't make it," Rahman said.
It's been a tough battle, but she's winning.
"She fought and fought and fought and she's here right now," Rahman said.
Day by day, her condition is improving.
"She eats and cries, and sleeps, she's just like a regular baby," said Terrence Shells, Laila's father.
After more than six months in two different hospitals, Lalia is home now.
"She was born here at Hurley Medical Center, stayed here for 5 months, then she went to the Detroit Medical Center Children's Hospital for a couple surgeries," Cherrell said.
Today, this fighter weighs in at 6 pounds and 5 ounces.
The foundation for this success story?
"That's all you really can rely on is faith," Terrence said. "When you pray, anything is possible."
This miracle blessed their lives, and they're already making plans for her future.
"She's been doing great," Cherrell said. "I hope she grows up and becomes a Michigan State Spartan."
The Shells say the experience and care from the staff in Hurley's NICU are a big reason their daughter is still alive and healthy today.
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