Couple Gives Billboard-Sized Thanks to Hospital

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Kansas residents R.J. and Jackie Mejia used a billboard to express their gratitude to the doctors and nurses who saved their baby girl.

"We depended on all the doctors and nurses that's all we had and I'm just thankful that they gave her a chance," Jackie said.

Little Angelina was born four months premature last November. She only weighed one pound and experts didn't expect her to live.

But the team at Via Christi Hospital refused to give up on her.

"Our initial reaction was she's to small, to immature. Probably we should just provide comfort care," Dr. Philippe Samson, Via Christi Hospital, said. "But the baby was so active. She was crying and said we cannot just watch her die."

"She's a miracle. And it doesn't happen like this every day and I think we all should count our blessings," nurse Katie Fulgham said.

Angelina now weighs nine pounds and is expected to live a healthy life.

"Even as sick as she got I would always say 'She's gonna get better, she's gonna get better'," mom Jackie Mejia said.

Angelina's doctors and nurses teared up when family left the hospital.
            

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