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Preemie Josie Duggar Leaves the Hospital

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The littlest Duggar is finally going home.

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After nearly four months in the NICU, teeny Josie Duggar is leaving the hospital.

The 19th child of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, stars of TLC's "19 Kids and Counting," was born at just 25 weeks' gestation back in December. She weighed only 1 lb. 6 oz and has endured much in her short life. "We're grateful for the prayers of thousands," Jim Bob told People magazine. "We are so happy," says Michelle. "We are so excited, we are running on adrenaline. I have been getting into the routine of every three hours feeding, diapering and taking her temperature. We are so encouraged that she is doing so well."

Today, Josie weighs in at 4 lbs. 9 oz., can breathe without oxygen and eats regularly, and doctors feel she is stable enough to leave the hospital. Josie's strength has been a blessing, says the family. "She has a strong personality," Michelle says. "She is a spunky little thing and will keep us all going."

The ordeal has been a difficult one for Michelle and Jim Bob, but the emotional roller coaster of the last few months has, says Michelle, finally "leveled out" -- and now they get to take their baby home to live with the rest of their brood.


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7 comments so far | Post a comment now
cyndi April 6, 2010, 2:58 PM

Congrats to the Duggars! They are very, very fortunate and blessed—I wish them the best!

Anonymous April 6, 2010, 5:58 PM

Isn’t she done yet?

promiss April 6, 2010, 6:01 PM

I think they’re gross. Im glad their baby is okay and finally going home, but I think they’re gross and need to quit having kids.

Nicole April 6, 2010, 9:40 PM

People are so judgmental! They are a great family and who cares how many kids they have - they support them all on their own!!! They are way better parents to 19 then many people are to just one. Congrats to the Duggars, I’m so glad baby Josie gets to go home!

Anonymous April 7, 2010, 12:08 AM

Now its time for them to stop! After so many pregnancies, and almost losing this one for their own selfishness, ITS TIME TO STOP! Too bad the dr didnt take her uterus out! How the hell can you spend one on one time with your kids *something they NEED* if you have 19?!

Anonymous April 7, 2010, 7:47 AM

Now the baby will go home to be completely raised by one of her older sisters so mom & dad can get busy making another baby. Disgusting.

As for one on one time mentioned above - it doesn’t exist. In their books they even state that children need to request/schedule one on one time if the “need” it. Um, doesn’t EVERY child need it?

Anonymous April 7, 2010, 9:38 AM

The older kids probably never had a “real” childhood because they were busy taking care of their younger siblings.

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