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Tiny miracle baby finally big enough to go home

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – There's a celebration at a local hospital Tuesday, where a baby has beaten all odds.

Weighing a little more than one pound at birth, Isabella Stanley is the youngest baby born at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in San Diego to survive and go home.

It's the day Isabella's parents weren't sure their precious daughter would ever get to enjoy, but to know why her journey home is so special, you have to see how far she's come.

Isabella was born on October 3, 2013, weighing just 1 pound, 2 ounces, barely bigger than her mother's hand. Her, tiny, underdeveloped lungs fought to keep her alive. Doctors warned her parents that her chances of surviving were bleak.

"One percent chance of survival," her mother said.

"There's definitely a lot of days where Isabella was right on the edge. There were many times when I didn't think she would survive," Kaiser Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Dr. Matt Sebald said.

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Sebald says Isabella beat all odds. She is now the hospital's very first baby born at 22 weeks gestation to survive.

"Everyone says she's a miracle baby because she wasn't supposed to survive," her mother said.

After more than five long months in the NICU, Isabella weighs a healthy 8 pounds, 9ounces, and her parents couldn't feel more blessed to be bringing her home.

"She's taught us to fight and never give up, because with prayer, there's hope," her father said.

Doctors say Isabella has done amazingly well, but she is still at risk for developmental delays, which they will continue to monitor as she grows.

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