CHOG's smallest full-term baby on ECMO getting stronger

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Friday, May 10, 2019
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Meet baby Ar'mani Shokes. When baby Shokes was born in February, he weighed just four pounds. The Children's Hospital of Georgia says Ar'mani is the smallest full-term baby they've ever had be placed on ECMO, a life-saving piece of equipment that replaces the function of the baby's lungs and heart while their lungs heal.

Now he weighs around nine pounds. He was born with lung complications so he's been on and off different breathing machines to help his lungs develop more.

His mother, Alisa Shokes, calls her son her miracle baby.

"I really believe he's going to do something wonderful in life," said Alisa. "He's gonna be somebody because of everything he's been through. He's a strong boy. I'll tell him that everyday - that you are a strong boy."

Ar'mani is her first child, so this year will be her first Mother's Day as a mom. She says she can't wait to get him home - and that hopefully will be sometime soon.