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Fort Hood Family Has 2 Pound Baby Girl

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FT. HOOD - (KCEN) – There is no doubt she is a fighter… and as a result, she’ll be spoiled rotten for years to come. On Saturday, May 24th little Isla Faye Jones was born ten weeks early, coming in at a whopping two pounds 13 ounces and 16 inches long.

But the fact Isla is a fighter, well, that has everything to do with her parents. Her father, specialist Stanlee Jones, is a dedicated soldier stationed at Fort Hood. Despite several complications, her mother Erica never gave up hope of having a family.

“I always knew my purpose in life was to be a mother,” Erica said. “I didn’t want to weigh 300 pounds and get pregnant, so I had weight loss surgery and lost 130 pounds.” Her struggle to parenthood didn’t stop there.

After overcoming other medical issues, and five years later they got the news. Erica and Stanlee were expecting a baby girl due August 2nd. “At 19 weeks all the scans, everything, was perfect and she was moving around,” Erica said.

A week later, their long journey took another turn and Erica started having sharp pains. “They told me I had something called incompetence cervix, and basically my body was weak,” she said.

There was a good possibility Erica’s body wouldn’t be strong enough to carry Isla a full term. “I knew it was coming,” she said. “Doctors at Darnall prepared my body and hers for the what ifs.”

All their fears, worries and preparations unfolded on May 24th, ten weeks early. “I was scared, because we didn’t know if she would make it,” she said.

But almost instantly… they knew she was a fighter, and as doctors rushed her to the NICU they reassured her little two pound Isla was doing great.

“I cried of course because she was just so beautiful, so tiny and beautiful,” Erica said. “I’m looking forward to each piece of tape, each IV, and all the tubes to slowly go away.”

Each day Erica and Stanlee say they are amazed by the strength coming from such a tiny girl, and that it didn’t take long for her to pick a nickname from the Darnall staff: the feisty one.

“I love it; she is feisty. It cracks me up, and I love how she’s got a personality already,” she said.

Feisty Isla still has a little while to catch up, but they’re hoping to bring home their little fighter in August around her original due date.

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