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‘Miracle Baby’ Born On Cruise Ship Headed Home; Could Be Out of Hospital By Christmas

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MIAMI – The baby born 15 weeks premature on a cruise ship in the middle of the Caribbean has finally returned to Utah, after spending 78 days at Miami Children’s Hospital where he defied the odds for survival.

The TV news media reported that 4-and-a-half-pound Haiden Morgan reunited with his family Saturday at the Ogden Airport. When Haiden was born during a seven-day Royal Caribbean cruise in late August, doctors told his mother, 28-year-old Emily Morgan, that she had miscarried. But 45 minutes later, they revised their prognosis and clarified the baby boy had survived but likely wouldn’t live for long.

The captain of the cruise ship sped to the port nearest to a hospital in Puerto Rico— 14 hours away— whereby two ambulances rushed the family to the hospital. A few days later, they were transferred to Miami Children’s Hospital.

Emily said that she “never had a doubt” that her son would survive.

“It’s just been a fighting chance every day,” she said.

Upon landing safely in Ogden, Haiden reunited with his whole family, including his older sister, Chloe, and his father, Chase.

Haiden will now rest at the McKay Dee Hospital in Utah, until doctors determine that he is strong enough to return home with his family. The Morgans are hopeful he’ll be able to leave the hospital by Christmas.

“He is actually coming home,” Chase said. “It is a very surreal feeling.”

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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