When they had almost given up, the world’s smallest premaure baby makes it out of the hospital.
She was believed to be the tiniest on record to survive premature birth, as he was born weighing just 245g (8.6oz).
However, she has been discharged from hospital in the US.
Baby Saybie weighed the same as a large apple when she was born at 23 weeks and three days in December 2018, beating all odds against her to survive.
While fighting for life, the baby was transferred to the intensive care unit at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital in San Diego, California.
Doctors told Saybie’s parents she had just hours to live. But five months on, she was discharged weighing a healthy 5.6 pounds (2.5kg), confounding all expectations, BBC Reports.
A nurse who cared for Saybie as she battled for survival said her recovery and release earlier this month was a “miracle”.
The Tiniest Babies Registry said Saybie is thought to be the world’s smallest surviving premature baby.
Saybie’s mother gave birth to the little girl by emergency C-section three months ahead of schedule after she was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia – a pregnancy complication involving high blood pressure which can prove fatal for mother and baby.
According to the mother, the birth as the “scariest day of my life”.
“I kept telling them: ‘She’s not going to survive. She’s – I’m only 23 weeks [pregnant]’,” the mother, who has chosen to remain anonymous, said.
Her birth was so premature, doctors considered her a “micro preemie” – a baby born before 28 weeks’ gestation. Babies are typically born between 37 and 42 weeks into pregnancy, the hospital said.
She was so small she could “fit in the palm of the hands of her care team”, it said.