One of the tiniest babies ever born in Oklahoma reached a huge milestone on Monday. After being only 11 ounces at birth, she's growing and home at last.
It's a celebration for the Beville family, who was told this day would never come. Langstyn has pulmonary hypertension, a heart and lung disease, and has had several surgeries and setbacks, until Monday.
Dressed in a Christmas green tutu with a bright red headband, 2-year-old Langstyn Beville is finally headed home.
"We've been waiting and waiting and waiting for this day," said Langstyn's grandmother, Victoria Beville.
Little Langstyn has been at the Children's Center in Bethany for more than a year. She was born at 25 weeks on April 17, 2011 weighing only 11 ounces.
Her first diaper looked like it was made for a Barbie doll, and nurses say they had to stuff cotton balls in it for two months until it would fit Langstyn.
"We kept having to have the diapers trimmed because she was still too small for even the micro-premie diapers," Langstyn's mother Taylia Beville said.
Langstyn has had multiple surgeries, including, open-heart surgery and a surgery for her trach. Her twin sister died after two weeks, and her family was told she wouldn't survive either.
"It's like she has literally died and come back, I can't even count how many times," said Victoria. "We were even told on her first birthday, the best thing for us to do would be to throw a big party, tell her thank you, we love her and let her go. But Langstyn told us otherwise."
Langstyn's mother can't believe all the obstacles her daughter has climbed. She was pregnant with Langstyn at 16 years old and both she had Langstyn's father were diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes as children.
"Doctors said I wasn't going to even make it through the pregnancy, there were so many factors against us," said Taylia. "Now, she's trying to walk and she crawls very, very fast. Just remembering those times when I held her hand while I thought she was dying, and the fact that she made it through it still catches me."
For Langstyn's family to actually see her leave the hospital was surreal. Buckled in her car seat, Langstyn isn't looking back.
"This will be the best Christmas ever," said Taylia. "This time when we go home, she won't have three months, she'll have years and years to stay at home with us forever."
Langstyn's mom says she should be off her oxygen tube in a month, and hopes to be off her feeding tube soon after. The family says they're grateful for all Langstyn's nurses and personalized care at the Children's Center.