Michelle Duggar and her family appeared this morning on the Today Show. The Arkansas mother of 19 children talked to Meredith Vieira about her eight-month-old baby Josie Duggar, who was born a micro-preemie in mid-December, and has spent all but one month in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Little Rock.
The pregnancy became life threatening for Michelle when she developed preeclampsia following a serious gallstone attack. Doctors delivered the 25-week-old fetus after they were unable to control Michelle’s sky rocketing blood pressure, a condition that became life threatening for both mother and child.
Many assumed that the ordeal, which had the family living in temporary housing for nearly six months, would signal the end of Michelle’s child bearing years. Not so. Jim Bob and Michelle told Meredith that they are comfortable leaving it in the hands of God.
The possibility of 20 Kids and Counting as a sequel to their current reality show is not out of the question according to the couple.
Josie weighed just 1 pound 6 ounces when she was delivered four months early. She suffered a perforated bowel one week after her birth, is lactose intolerant and is still on supplemental oxygen when she is sleeping.
The positive news is that Josie now weighs 11 pounds and is thriving since joining her family at their Tontitown home last month. According to her father, Jim Bob Duggar, their little girl will catch up developmentally by the time she is two.
Check out more family photos and the interview video below: