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Last week the 18 Kids & Counting family added a 19th child to their brood, and though Josie Brooklyn was born three months premature and has been in the NICU, Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar definitely have the benefit of their fans rooting for the little one.
CNN.com has compiled a bunch of votes of confidence from fans who've posted their well wishes on the 18 Kids & Counting Web site. Some of them are from parents of healthy preemies, and some are from people who were preemies themselves.
Lynne from Virginia writes to the Duggars:
"My daughter Erin was born prematurely at 25 weeks, weighing 1 lb., 12 oz. She is 23 years old now with a child of her own. You have some very rough days and weeks ahead of you, but with God's help, Josie CAN make it and be a happy, healthy baby. I wish you all the best!"
Another fan, Candace, wrote:
"Dear Duggars: Fear Not! My second grandson was born at 26 weeks, weighed 1 lb., 11 oz. and was 11 inches long. He is now a healthy, happy and normal three year old. You are on a journey that will test your faith, but fear not! Trust God first, the doctors and medical staff second. Josie will be home with you sooner than you think!"
A fan named Amy posted a note that said:
"I was born a preemie! I weighed 2 lbs., 5 oz. and I was 10 inches long! I did have a few health complications, but now I am 5' 10" and I play four sports (track, soccer, volleyball, and basketball)! I am praying that it all works out for you all! Best Wishes!"
TLC, the channel that airs 18 Kids & Counting, says Michelle is "resting comfortably" and the baby is "stable" as she remains in the NICU for extended care.
"The most important thing right now is for Mom and baby Josie to get as much rest as possible," the TLC statement says. "The family is grateful for all the prayers and well wishes during their recovery."
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