'Miracle' baby Kaio, born at 24 weeks, celebrates first birthday

Kaio Doxey has come a long way over the past year.Born at 24 weeks at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, t...

Posted: Jul 14, 2018 5:07 PM
Updated: Jul 14, 2018 5:07 PM

Kaio Doxey has come a long way over the past year.

Born at 24 weeks at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, the micro-premie, who weighed a little more than a can of soda, turned one on July 7.

For the first few days of life, Kaio lived second-by-second and fought to live.

He gained weight, became stronger and was called a "miracle" baby. Four months after his birth, went home.

He came home in November with oxygen and a feeding tube," Kaio's mother, Jessica Doxey, tells EastIdahoNews.com. "We were expecting for that to be a long road but it was ten days for his oxygen. Then about 2-3 weeks for his feeding tube to come out."

Since coming home, Kaio's health has been fairly stable, despite being diagnosed with pneumonia in February.

"Besides that, everything's been really great," Jessica says. "He's a strong little guy and he's determined to just be a regular baby."

To celebrate Kaio's first birthday, his parents made him a smash cake and a nurse from the EIRMC NICU dropped off a Dr. Seuss book called "Happy Birthday to You!"

"Some of his nurses in the NICU and Dr. (Wyc) Cheatham signed the book for Kaio and wrote a little bit of about him," Kaio's father, Kaio Doxey, says.

Kaio may have some vision issues and eventually need glasses. He could also develop asthma, but other than that, doctors believe he should grow just like any other child.

"I want the future with him to be about how great he's doing – not about how scary it was," Jessica says.

Article Comments

Mason City
Clear
69° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 69°
Albert Lea
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 72°
Austin
Clear
73° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 73°
Charles City
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 70°
Rochester
Clear
69° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 69°
Tracking warmer weather and another chance for weekend storms
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

CTK: Charles City

Image

CTK: Osage Green Devils

Image

CTK: Grand Meadow

Image

Scooters causing concern in Rochester

Image

Hagedorn tour in Albert Lea

Image

Reaction to Railroad railroad shooting verdict

Image

Chris' weekend forecast

Image

Chris Gives the Forecast with Tacos

Image

JULY 2019 was hot

Image

Chris Likes that TexMex

Community Events