Baby Jace was born at 2 pounds, 2 ounces at 26 weeks, to Rhonesha Perkins. To her surprise, he was three months early. This was her second pregnancy, and she had relatively few complications. One day she went for a walk, she started having back pain, and the next thing she knew, she was in labor.
Since he was a premature baby, Jace spent 53 days in the neonatal intensive care unit. With no significant delays or issues, baby Jace was able to regulate his breath, eat, and grow. Shortly after going home, about four months passed when he got respiratory syncytial virus.
RSV is a common virus that causes cold-like symptoms, but it can be especially dangerous for premature infants and children under 2 years old.
For baby Jace, RSV could have easily been deadly.