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Baby Born on a Cruise Ship is Home in Utah

Update Date: Nov 23, 2015 09:48 AM EST
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A baby who spent his first two months in a Miami hospital is now back home in Utah after his premature birth on a cruise ship. The baby, named Haiden, arrived in Ogden after a flight with equipment for safe transport was made available. The baby was greeted by his parents, Emily and Chase Morgan as well as many other well wishers who were praying for his safe arrival. Many people held welcome signs as the medical team alighted the aircraft with little Haiden in an incubator. The Morgans were very happy to reunite with their son and said, "Even a week ago we weren't sure if we were all going to be together," reported Khon2.

According to the couple, they were on a cruise to Caribbean when Emily started experiencing contractions. The baby was due to be delivered on December 19th and their doctor approved the trip. It was initially thought to be a false labor but the onboard doctor was called when they saw blood. The doctor onboard the Royal Caribbean ship told Emily that she cannot give birth as yet because they were still 14 hours away from the nearest port, Puerto Rico, according to a report by USA Today.

Ever since Emily gave birth to Haiden on a cruise ship at just 23 weeks' gestation, the baby has been under observation and receiving treatment in Miami hospital for the last 2½ months. Haiden required special plane and equipment for safe transport from Miami to Ogden. The only resource available for this purpose was the Flight Med program of Utah University which had the ability to make the transport possible. The service was provided to the family for no charge. Colleen Connelly, program coordinator said, "There was no hesitation. They said just go ahead. Go get him," reports KUTV News.

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