From NY Post: A San Diego hospital on Wednesday revealed that the tiniest recorded baby has been born — weighing in at a minuscule 8.6 ounces.
Little Baby Saybie – a name given to her by hospital staff – was born three months early in December 2018 as a half-pound micro preemie — and was released in good health this month, officials said Wednesday.
While still in the womb, concerned doctors at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborn noticed Saybie wasn’t gaining weight as her mother experienced severe pregnancy complications, the hospital revealed in a Wednesday press release.
Doctors felt Saybie’s mother’s life was at risk and were forced to perform an emergency cesarean section at just 28 weeks gestation.
Born weighing a mere 8.6 ounces, Saybie — whose parents weren’t identified — was so small she could fit in the palm of a hand.
She’s considered both the world’s smallest baby and smallest surviving baby — according to the official Tiniest Baby Registry, maintained by the University of Iowa.
Once stabilized after birth, Saybie was transferred to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, where she spent the first five months of her life under the close care of a team of devoted health professionals, including neonatologists, nurses and nutritionists.
Sharp Mary Birch, which has the largest Level III NICU in San Diego County, is recognized among the best hospitals in the world in caring for micro preemies.
This “team was incredibly proud to care for Saybie, and happy to wish her well when she graduated from the NICU and went home in May 2019,” the hospital said in a press release.
The hospital devoted a video to Saybie, documenting her “incredible transformation from the world’s smallest baby to a healthy, happy 5-month-old.” The hospital did not say now much the tot weighs now.
Just last month, a Connecticut preemie made headlines when he was able to head home after growing from 11 ounces to 11 pounds during nine miracle months at two Westchester hospitals.
Connor Florio was born just the 27th week of his mom’s pregnancy in July 2018, and was the smallest baby ever treated at Westchester Medical Center. He overcame a host of health issues at birth, including trouble breathing, brain bleeds, problems with blood sugar and an eye disease.
His dad, Jamie Florio, 29, told The Post at the time, “I didn’t really believe he was coming home until we took him to the car and brought him to the house.”
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