‘He deserved a chance’


After being turned down by a hospital on the east side of the state because of his size, baby Mikah Gering is the smallest baby to undergo ECMO treatment. And he’s thriving.

Alexis Gering had been through childbirth three times before, so she knew what to expect.

But her fourth child brought the unexpected.

On Nov. 6, 2015, Alexis attended a routine appointment with her obstetrician in her hometown of Sturgis, Michigan.

“I had three kids with no issues,” she said. “The doctor did a mini ultrasound and said it looks like I’m going to have a 7 pound, 5 ounce baby.”

Her due date passed, and her doctors decided to induce. But during the process, monitors alerted everyone in the room—baby in distress.

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