Baby Josie Duggar Finally Goes Home From the Hospital

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Baby Josie Duggar

Baby Josie now weighs 7 lbs. 6 oz. Credit: Scott Enlow, TLC


After months of health issues and hospitalization, Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar's 19th child, Josie Brooklyn, is finally going home from the hospital, People magazine reports.

Josie weighed just 1 lb. 6 oz. when she was born on Dec. 10 via emergency C-section at just 25 weeks. She then suffered a perforated bowel when she was eight days old.

The couple, stars of TLC's "19 Kids and Counting," took Josie home from the hospital on April 6, but then she was readmitted two days later.

This time, though, doctors have identified the source of her health issues.

"Her digestive issues have been linked to lactose intolerance," says her physician Dr. Robert Arrington, co-director of the neonatal intensive care unit at Arkansas Children's Hospital. "We are happy that she is doing so well and fully expect her to continue to thrive. Today, as she's leaving, she looks like a full-term baby."

The Duggars will live with Josie, who now weighs 7 lbs. 6 oz., in their Little Rock rental house until they are ready to take her home, probably in a few weeks, People reports.

"We're going to wait and see how it all goes," says Michelle. "We're going to take it easy and hang out close to the hospital."

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