SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- (02/06/2017) Born 16 weeks premature, Baby Holland's family was unsure if she would even make it through the night.
It started with a visit to the hospital after Holland's mom fell unconscious, however, it all took a turn when doctors said she needed to be rushed to the OR for an emergency c-section.
"We didn't know we were having her, and then 20 minutes later she was out and taken to the NICU," said Holland's dad, Matthew Fields.
Born at just 1 pound and 4 ounces, Baby Holland entered the world fighting for her life, taking her family on a journey they would never forget.
"She dropped down to under a pound even during the first couple days. It was kind of like a whirlwind, it was crazy. We didn't know what to expect from one day to the next," said Fields.
Holland spent the next five months in the NICU, surrounded by doctors and nurses and attached to machines that helped her to develop and keep fighting. While the long months were filled with many ups and downs, Holland still managed to beat the odds.
"We spent 152 days in the NICU at mercy, but everyday she kept getting a little better. Then, five months later, we were able to bring her home and now she's doing wonderful."
This past weekend, Holland celebrated her first birthday. Despite still eating from a tube a being a little smaller than babies her age, her dad says she's just like any other happy and healthy one year old.
"We probably have more doctor's appointments then most babies, but she's doing so good and she's fun, and it's gotten a lot easier and more calmer now."
During Holland's stay in the NICU, her dad spent a lot of time at the Ronald McDonald House as he said it allowed for him to have time to relax while still being close to his daughter. For more information on the Ronald McDonald House and how it helps families like Holland's, click here.