She has come so far. michelle duggar gave birth to 19 children, but her last and youngest child, Josie DugarIt was her most difficult delivery. Josie has suffered many health problems and many 19 kids and counting fans may wonder how the smaller Duggar is doing today. They should be happy to know that Josie, now 13, is happy, healthy and thriving!
“Josie was born on December 10, 2009 at 25 1/2 weeks gestation weighing 1 pound 6 ounces,” the Duggar family wrote via Instagram on December 10, 2018. “Today is a huge milestone for her. . She is a healthy and happy 9 year old who is full of energy. We are so grateful for everyone’s prayers and all the doctors and nurses at Arkansas Children’s Hospital who saved her life. That was the hardest time in our family’s life, but by the grace of God, Josie and our entire family made it through!”
It’s hard to believe it’s been so long since Josie’s birth was featured on the TLC series! Here’s a full rundown of everything we know about the Duggar’s youngest daughter and how she’s doing today:
What happened to Josie Duggar?
Josie was born just 25 weeks pregnant to Michelle, three and a half months premature. Michelle suffered from preeclampsia, which is high blood pressure during pregnancy, and she had to undergo an emergency C-section to save her life and the life of her baby.
“Oh, the terror that pierced my heart when they said that this baby has to be born in 30 minutes. I thought, ‘This baby is too small to live,’” Michelle said in 2010. “She was terrified. I cried out to God for mercy on my baby and me. This was too soon for this baby.”
Josie was a “preemie micro-baby” who was in the NICU for six months after her birth and suffered health complications such as “intestinal perforation.” However, the little baby got stronger, stronger, and was finally able to come home, leading her family to call her a “miracle.”
“[When she was born] her skin was transparent,” said Michelle. “She only had two layers of skin. She was transparent. I don’t take for granted this precious life we have here. She is a miracle that could have gone in any direction.”
Has Josie Duggar experienced health problems?
Because Josie was a premature baby, she is susceptible to long-term health problems such as cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness or learning disabilities, according to ABC News. That point was made clear in 2014 when the little girl, then 5 years old, suffered a horrific seizure that took place right in front of her. 19 kids and counting cameras. The situation was so serious that the director of the program, scott lowstepped in to help a terrified Jana Duggarwho was crying while holding Josie’s body.
Although the whole scene seemed terrifying, Michelle later explained that Josie often suffered from seizures as a side effect. “One of Josie’s little glitches is that if she has a fever, she tends to have febrile seizures,” Michelle explained.
“All of Josie’s seizures have been around a fever, usually an ear infection,” Josie’s father said. Jim Bob Duggar, added during a special after the show. “Normally kids will outgrow them by the time they are 10 years old. So hopefully she’ll grow up and get stronger and get over them.”
What does Josie Duggar look like today?
Today, Josie is a healthy teenager. Can you believe that the girl above is the same little preemie we were first introduced to? While she doesn’t usually make public appearances on social media, she did appear at the end of her brother’s. james duggarThe 2022 YouTube Christmas video.
Fans receive occasional updates on Josie from various members of her family. For example, Michelle and Jim Bob celebrated their youngest child on World Prematurity Day in November 2021.
“I have a heart for mothers of premature babies. The one who has to leave her baby in the NICU every night, for months on end,” Michelle wrote on the couple’s joint Instagram account.
Besides being a girl and taking all these trips with her family, Josie also has a bit of a “career” as a singer. She appears on the album “Happy Heart”, along with her sisters Jordyn, Jennifer and Joanna and his niece mackynzie duggar.
The youngest Duggar showed what an adult she is after reuniting with her eight sisters in a rare outing in April 2023.
“The older we get, the busier life gets, which means it’s always extra special when we get all 9 sisters + mom together again in the same place at the same time.” older sister jessa duggar she captioned the family photo. “Last week was golden.”
Fans Think She’s Michelle’s ‘Favorite’
Although we are sure that Michelle and Jim Bob love their 19 children equally, it is is It’s probably a bit difficult to give them the individual attention they all need or to get to know each other on a deeper level. Due to Josie’s tumultuous first year, she has spent more time with Michelle than many of her siblings, leading fans to think that she is her “favorite”.
Fans have also pointed out that he seems to get away with behavior that other kids don’t get away with, such as licking icing off a wedding cake or throwing tantrums in public. However, this is all speculation, and Josie herself appears to be an average child.