Preemie, parents return to NY

Created: 12/28/2013 10:26 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

For months, one New York City couple have made New Mexico home, while their baby boy, born four months early, got better at an Albuquerque hospital.

It has been a difficult journey but they are finally back in New York.

The hospital became a second home, and the doctors and nurses have become family.

It is the support and constant care that little Ian Varga got that has helped and given hope to Ian’s parents. “They’ve been family for the past 4 months and it’s just been an intense relationship. They’ve been through the good times with us and the bad times,” said Liz Varga.

Liz and her husband were on vacation in Santa Fe in August.

She was 24 weeks pregnant with their first child when her body started to shut down, forcing her to get an emergency C-section.

Their baby boy was just 15 ounces when he was born.

But after so many ups and downs, he has gotten stronger. “I can’t believe I’m coming home. Its been such a long journey,” added Varga.

A journey that has been bittersweet, and one that will continue at a New York City hospital.

Doctors said Ian’s lungs have been the slowest to develop.

“He’s New Mexican. He was born in New Mexico and he had wonderful people that he met that love him already. We’re looking forward to bringing him to balloon fiesta,” said Varga. 

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