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Saybie, The World's Smallest Baby Ever to Survive a Premature Birth

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Weighing in at just 8.6 ounces, Saybie is believed to be the smallest baby ever to survive a premature birth.


Sharp HealthCare announced Wednesday that the infant girl was delivered by Caesarean section in December at just 23 weeks gestation after her mother suffered from pre-eclampsia, a life-threatening condition that causes very high blood pressure.


According to a 2015 study, micro-preemies suffer particularly high mortality rates of 30 percent to 50 percent, and severe complications are so common that neonatologists keep a special card on them to refer to when talking about the odds with parents.


“For significant bleeding of the brain, that occurs in 35 percent, and chronic lung disease we see in about 47 percent of these babies,” Wozniak said.


Now five months old, Saybie weighed five pounds and six ounces when Mary Birch sent her home earlier this month. She increased her birth weight 10-fold with the help of Sharp’s neonatal staff, and nearly doubled her length, reaching 16 inches.




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