On December 2018, the world’s smallest surviving premature baby on record was born at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women and Newborns, San Diego. Saybie, the nickname given to the baby by the nurses, was born through cesarean section at just 23 weeks and 3 days gestation after her mother experienced severe pregnancy complications. She is only about the size of a large apple, weighing a meager 8.6 ounces (245 grams).
Live Science, a science news website that features groundbreaking developments in science, space, technology, health, the environment, our culture, and history, reported that Saybie’s mother recalled how she managed to deliver her baby. "It was the scariest day of my life. My blood pressure was very, very high … They had to deliver her really quick. And I kept telling them that she's not going to survive, she's only 23 weeks,” she said. They were told by the hospital that the baby would only survive for an hour. But they were wrong.
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After five months, the healthy baby Saybie now weighs at 5.6 lbs (2.5 kilograms). Thus, she has been allowed to leave the hospital. According to the University of Iowa’s Tiniest Babies Registry, Saybie weighs less than the previous "smallest baby" record holder, a baby that was born in Germany in 2015. Surprisingly, she didn't experience any medical challenges that are commonly associated with so-called micro-preemies. This can include lung and heart problems and brain bleeds. It was reported that micro-preemies can experience several problems in the future such as issues with fine motor skills, learning disabilities, and vision problems.
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Courtney Akel, a registered nurse at Sharp Mary Birch's neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), said, “Saybie was in the exact right spot, right time, for this to happen.”
"Some really have the strength to go through what they have to go through and grow outside the womb,” Spring Bridges, a registered nurse in the hospital, added.