Tiny Baby Conquers First Cruise…Plus!

You may have read or heard about a baby born on Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas this month. In case you hadn’t, this is a really nice story with a happy ending, at least so far.

And incidentally, it’s a story about everybody doing the right thing.

The baby’s mother, Emily Morgan, was given permission by her doctor to go on the cruise. She was about five months’ pregnant. On the second day of the cruise, her Haiden Morgan-3maternal instincts — along with her labor pains — told her the little one was soon to arrive. In the middle of the night, as the pains became more intense she and her husband Chase called the ship’s doctor, who said they were 14 hours from the nearest port, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The baby, who would be called Haiden, was born half an hour later.

The Morgans were told it was a miscarriage, and the baby was dead. Two doctors arrived 45 minutes after that to say the baby was alive but wasn’t expected to live long. Mother and doctors fought to keep him alive and when the ship’s captain called with condolences, he heard the baby crying.

“He said we are going as fast as we can and we'll port two hours early in San Juan and we'll get you guys to the hospital,” his mother told TV station KSL in Salt Lake City (the Morgans live nearby, in Ogden), “but he said that's as fast as I can get you there.”

The Independence of the Seas did arrive two hours early. The baby did get to the hospital quickly, and a few days later was transferred to a neonatal unit in Miami. At birth, the Independence of the Seasbaby weighed one and a half pounds…just 24 ounces. His feet were less than three inches long. His lungs fully developed, Haiden Morgan made it through the night, and the next night, and…today, he is 27 days old. He’ll stay in Miami until his due date, December 19.

The expenses that evolved from what was supposed to be a 7-day cruise have been understandably staggering, and a website — Haiden’s Medical Journey — was quickly set up to help with the cost. The target was $37,000. As of last night, contributions totalled $35,711.

Another happy ending-to-be.

– Baby photo courtesy of the Morgan family via KSL

In the news…

• First international ship launches huge summer season in Australia
• One less ship in South America, more in Asia, for MSC in 2016-17

Today at portsandbows.com: All the latest cruise news

Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas
3 nights
November 27, 2015
Miami (return): CocoCay, Nassau
Inside: $173
Cost per day: $57

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