"For all she’s been through, she’s a very happy child.”
-Nicole, Kayleigh's mother
Born more than 3 months prematurely and weighing just 11.64 ounces, Kayleigh Klatt is Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital’s tiniest patient ever. In fact, she is the smallest baby ever born in Maryland to go home, the 27th smallest baby in the U.S. and the 43rd smallest worldwide. Born on New Year’s Day 2014, Kayleigh has been a miracle baby from before she took her very first breath.
Physicians had very vocally expressed their doubts that Kayleigh would survive during the pregnancy. Due to severe preeclampsia and Intrauterine Growth Restriction, Kayleigh was unable to amass critical weight gain in utero. But her parents trusted their instincts and one of Baltimore magazine’s future cover girls was born.
Today, Kayleigh is a normal height and weight for her age, but her beginnings were filled with milestones that came in the tiniest of increments. Kayleigh weighed just one pound, finally, on January 19. By her official due date she still weighed less than 4 pounds. Kayleigh did not reach 5 pounds until April 25, nearly 5 months after her birth.
In fact, the tiny tot would spend almost the entire first year of her life in three hospitals – undergoing four surgeries in those 328 days - before going home, and even then, she’d still be on a ventilator, have a tracheostomy tube and require constant 24/7 care.
With help from the MWPH team, Kayleigh has developed fine motor skills, learned how to eat real foods, and become a picture-perfect example of patients who go to MWPH to heal and grow.
Her mother describes Kayleigh as sassy, energetic and adventurous. She loves puzzles, books and the playground.
“No matter where we go, she always has a smile on her face. For all she’s been through, she’s a very happy child.”
Outpatient appointments and program referrals to the CNTC can be made by calling 410-367-2222.