SALT LAKE CITY — (KUTV) Beating the odds and inspiring strangers to follow her journey, baby Zariah was born at just 24 weeks gestation and is now 11 months old.
Zariah Donovan was born Sept. 13, 2015, 16 weeks early, weighing only 1 pound 6 ounces.
Before her birth, Shawn Donovan and Vilayvone Thipsouvan were faced with a difficult decision. On their website they say Zariah “was so little that two hospitals actually turned Zariah and family away as they don’t view births before 24 weeks as viable. They wouldn’t provide life support if it was needed, and it was going to be needed. It took an emergency ambulance ride, and a Life Flight to get Vilayone, Shawn, and Zariah to a hospital that would finally take them in for the delivery.”