NEW LENOX, Ill. (NEWSnet/AP) — A baby girl who weighed just over one pound when she was born prematurely in November has beaten the odds and gone home with her parents after spending her first six months at an Illinois hospital.

Nyla Brooke Haywood was treated to a send-off party Monday at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox, Illinois, before the 6-month-old was taken home by her first-time parents, NaKeya and Cory Haywood.

Nyla was delivered on Nov. 17 at just 22 weeks after her mother, NaKeya, was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia, a dangerous high-blood pressure condition. She weighed 1 pound and 1 ounce and was 11 inches long, making her what’s known as a “micropreemie.”

Nyla left the hospital Monday weighing a healthy 10 pounds and at 21 inches long after months of treatment and nurturing in its neonatal intensive care unit.

“I don’t have the words, in all honestly. I’m just grateful that she’s here, she’s healthy, and she’s doing amazing,” NaKeya Haywood told WLS-TV on Monday.

She said she was scared about her child’s early delivery. But Nyla “came out fighting,” said Dr. Mario Sanchez, a neonatologist at Silver Cross Hospital, speaking with the station.

“She cried at birth. It was a little whimper, but it was a cry. Her heart rate always remained over 100, which for us is where we wanted it to be. She came out fighting right off the bat,” he said.

Nyla will require regular checkups to keep watch for any future complications, which sometimes arise with micropreemies.

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