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Heartbreaking News: Preemie Josie Duggar Back In Hospital

Apr. 12 2010, Published 3:40 p.m. ET

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The tiniest star of the TLC series 19 Kids And Counting is back in the hospital, has confirmed.

Josie Duggar, who is only four months old, was readmitted to the hospital on Thursday, April 8, at 3 a.m.

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This is particularly heartbreaking because Josie Brooklyn was born 4 months premature and had been in the hospital since her birth in December, but she was strong enough to go home last Tuesday.  But Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar say “minor stomach issues” sent her back to the hospital two days later.

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They released this statement to "We realized early that it would be a long, unpredictable recovery, which is why we opted to stay in Little Rock close to the expert staff at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Currently, Josie is healthy and in stable condition; we hope to have her back with the family in the next few days. As always, our entire family is grateful for the continued prayers and support."

Josie Duggar

Today Josie weighs only 4 lbs., 12 oz; this is a big step in the right direction because at birth she weighed 1 lb, 6 oz.



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