A San Diego hospital on Wednesday revealed the birth of a girl who weighed just 8.6 ounces (245 grams) when she was born in December and now is believed to be the world’s tiniest surviving.
When she was born, the baby girl weighed about the same as an apple. Her ranking as the world’s smallest baby ever to survive is according to the Tiniest Baby Registry maintained by the University of Iowa. The hospital said the girl officially weighed 7 grams less than the previous tiniest baby, who was born in Germany in 2015.The girl in San Diego was born 23 weeks and three days into her mother’s 40-week pregnancy. Doctors believed she had to die in about one hour. More than five months have passed, and she has gone home as a healthy infant, weighing 5 pounds (2 kilograms).
The baby’s family asked some privacy for protection. They allowed the girl to go by the name that nurses called her: “Saybie.” Her mother, who wishes to remain anonymous, says she feels "blessed". Remembering the story, she said she was taken to the hospital in December past year after not feeling well and was told she had preeclampsia, a serious condition that causes skyrocketing blood pressure, and that the baby needed to be delivered quickly. Now the little girl is gone home.