Marcus Camby brings home his "miracle baby"

09/27/2007 at 09:31 AM ET

Denver Nuggets player Marcus Camby and his wife, Eva, welcomed daughter Maya on May 9, but the little girl was not released from the hospital until mid-September. Maya, who was born premature at 24 weeks, weighed only 1 pound, 5 ounces at birth. Since then, she has grown to weigh 8 pounds. The 33-year-old revealed that his daughter has a nickname from workers at the hospital,

[Hospital workers] were calling her ‘Miracle Baby.’ She was a kid born so early, and to make it out of the hospital.

Now that Maya is home, Marcus plans to turn his focus back to basketball.

She’s home and she’s doing a whole lot better. It was a tough summer. . . I thank Godshe’s doing well right now and I can focus on basketball.

The couple also have a daughter, Milan.

Source: Rocky Mountain News

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brandy on

I have never heard of a baby being born at 16 weeks. Is that right was she only 16 weeks along. That must truley be a mircle.

Sarah’s note: There was an error in wording. I’ve corrected Angela’s post. She was born AT 24 weeks, not 24 weeks early.

Michelle on

I’m confused, was she was born 24 weeks early or did he mean born at 24 weeks gestation? 24 weeks early would have put her at 16 weeks gestation and I didn’t think a baby that early could survive. I’m 25 weeks right now and recently had an ultrasound and the tech told me my baby weighs around 1 lb 12 oz so he has to mean at 24 weeks???

Sarah’s note: Born at 24 weeks.

Brandy on

Thats what I was thinking it must of been born at 24 weeks but still that is a true miracle.

Maya on

Wow amazing story… and considering that she was not supposed to be born that early, I feel inclined to comment because of the amazing coincidence: My name is Maya and I was born on May 9! 🙂

Congrats to the family and beautiful name! 😉

meghan on

wow – even at 24 weeks survival isn’t great. she truly is a miracle baby…

FC on

Her nickname fit her. Her surviving is a miracle, and I’m happy for Marcus and his wife.

I’m so out of touch! I didn’t even know he and his wife were expecting, let alone had two children now. 🙂

Tracey on

My niece was born at barely 27 weeks at 2 lbs. She spent 91 days in the NICU. It’s absolutely awesome to see a family bring home a baby who was premature. The day you bring them home feels like the day they were born all over again. Congrats to this family and their little fighter. Congrats as well to what is certainly a loving and amazing NICU team… without them these babies wouldn’t have a chance.

A different person on

When I was born I was two pounds and the doctors said I wouldn’t make it. My parents thought differently. They believed in me and knew that I would make it. I have cerebral palsy and every day I get comments of people saying that it’s too bad that I have it but I know that God gave this to me for some reason and I don’t care what anyone says. I am perfectly fine as I am. I know that this basketballs players daughter will be just fine too!

Mai Ava on

Our daughter was born this past April at 2 pounds, 7 ounces at 27 1/2 weeks. She was the tiniest, most precious darling we’d ever seen. She’s our “Miracle” because her Agpar scores were 8 and 9, and she was breathing very calmly on her own right at birth. She never needed a ventilator, just needed to grow in the NICU. She’s home now, and 15 pounds of gorgeousness! She had excellent care at the NICU and had no comoplications from being born so young. We still pinch ourselves. So I understand the joy and awe that the Camby’s must feel. God bless these children!