Follow Up with an Oprah Show Miracle Baby | Where Are They Now | Oprah Winfrey Network

Follow Up with an Oprah Show Miracle Baby | Where Are They Now | Oprah Winfrey Network


– Eric and Tammy Koz,
a young couple in love, wanted children desperately, but
Tammy was diagnosed with lupus, and suddenly their dreams
were slipping away. Take a look. After a devastating
miscarriage, Tammy was thrilled to learned she was
pregnant with A little girl. I was ecstatic, and
I had a very positive outlook on the pregnancy. And I think I’m probably
the only one that did. Everybody was just
so fearful, and they knew that me having
lupus, my chances of having multiple
miscarriages were very great. NARRATOR: The the pregnancy
seemed to be going well, until at 19 weeks an
ultrasound changed everything. We went in for just
a routine ultrasound, and we were told
that the baby was not growing the way that the
baby should have been growing. NARRATOR: Doctors told the
mom to be that her baby was in grave danger. Tammy and Eric were faced
with an agonizing decision. We said we could
deliver at that point. Her survivability was
quoted, basically, at 0%. The other option was to
try to get her to 27 weeks, and then deliver her with
a survivability– probably still under the 5% number. Tammy was put on bed
rest, every other day she went to the hospital to see
if the baby was still alive. Every other day. TAMMY: I remember every
day, sitting in the car before we would walk
into the clinic. It was– you take
a big, deep breath, and you prepare yourself
that there’s not going to be a heartbeat today. And every time, there
was a heartbeat. NARRATOR: At 27
weeks, the doctor told Tammy she had to
deliver the baby immediately, or the baby would die. They prepared Tammy
for a c-section. We laid the uterus open
and reached my hand in, and just shelled her out. And she sat right in my hand. I didn’t know what I
would find, but when Zoe came out and kicked me,
it was just unbelievable. And the first thing I said,
is she alive, is she breathing? Is she alive? No, and– and the doctor
reassured me she was. And she is here today. Welcome Tammy,
Eric, and baby Zoe. Hey. Hi. Oh, my. Oh, yes. 12 years later, our
little baby Zoe is an active and outgoing 13 year old. We Skyped in with
Zoe and her family at their home in Illinois. There’s nothing I ever
wanted more than to be a mom. The first several
weeks were very iffy. Nobody knew what
was going to happen, we didn’t know if she was
still going to make it. It was all just
so foreign to us. We just didn’t really know. We were living day
by day, didn’t know what was going to happen. Were there negative
thoughts that we thought? Yeah.
Yes. Yes. I was curious, as if I was
signing a birth certificate and a death certificate. I was worried
about those things. A lot of guessing. Doctors didn’t know. They’ve never experienced this,
so they were guessing, too. My parents told me a lot
of stories about my birth, and I guess that made me very,
like, happy, and it let me– myself know that I was special. When I first saw myself as
an infant, I thought, wow, how can this be possible? And I gathered my
strength from her. You know, from the
experiences she was going through to fight to live. You know, when you’re in a
situation where you don’t have any other choice
but to be strong, you just have to be strong. And so I think that, you know,
God gives you that strength to make it through. You look back and wonder
how you went through it, but at the time, you just
do what you have to do. And every day was
just a new adventure. Zoe wore her first dress she
ever wore when she was born. Zoe was 10.8 ounces
when she was born, and so that is about just
over a half of a pound. Came home from the
hospital in June. She was a little
over five months old, and she weighed 6 pounds, 2
ounces, which is the birth weight of her little sister. She was 6 pounds, 2 ounces
when Faith was born. So it kind of gives you
a perspective of size. The doctors didn’t really
know what to expect, but I can tell you
that Zoe has blown every doctor– has blown their
mind for the last 12 years. You know, every
visit she goes to, the doctors just can’t believe
how amazing she’s doing. I don’t know what you guys
see when you look at her, but when we look at her,
we certainly don’t see anything disabled about her. ERIC: She’s growing, too,
and she’s blending right in, and she’s not skipping a beat.

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