"Miracle Baby" Beating the Odds
KREX News Room
A little boy with a lot of heart continues to fight the odds. He was born in Grand Junction as a "micro preemie," a rare premature baby weighing only about a pound. But despite the danger of his early arrival, the infant is now taking small steps on the road to recovery.
"I call him my sunshine," said Brande Halasz.
Brande and Xavier Halasz couldn't wait to welcome their first baby boy.
"My water broke at 2:00 a.m.," said Brande.
But there was a big problem: Brande was only 26 weeks along in her pregnancy. "It was just shock."
"You don't even think about all the risks that can happen," Xacier said.
The Halaszes were airlifted to St. Mary's Hospital, where they were able to delay delivery for a week.
"Each day is weeks' progress for your child," Brande said.
But on August 10th, Tristan Halasz had shifted in the womb and had to be delivered weighing only one pound, 14 ounces.
"He was very fragile."
The new mother and father weren't allowed to hold their baby boy; he was in need of oxygen.
"I remember the nurse showing me how horrible his lungs were--just in bad shape."
Brande says though all odds were against them, she tried to focus on the good. "I just chose to stay positive. We celebrate his birthday every week. He was another week old."
With each week, the St. Mary's Hospital staff became an even bigger part of their life.
"The NICU has been so phenomenal, so supportive. It's a family here."
Tristan has been cleared to leave the hospital, but faces a hard road ahead.
"He won't be around children. We won't take him to public places."
Through it all, Brande and Xavier have relied on each other. "It's helped us. It's made us so much stronger."
But they say it was Tristan who fought the hardest. "He was determined to make it."
Tristan is now up to 5 pounds and was cleared to leave St. Mary's Hospital for the first time on Wednesday. The family is heading back home to San Diego.