& # 39; The world's smallest surviving baby is finally going home after a five-month hospital stay.
Saybie was born prematurely in December 2018 in just 23 weeks and three days, weighing only 8.6 grams, which is about the same as a large apple.
After being stabilized by the Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for women and newborns in San Diego, California, she was immediately transferred to neonatal intensive care.
Saybie, the name her medical team gave her, was released earlier this month, weighing 5.9 pounds, about as heavy as a bag of rice.
Saybie (photo) was born prematurely in San Diego, California, in December 2018 at just 23 weeks and three days
Mid-May Saybie was unloaded, weighing 5.6 kilos, about as heavy as a bag of rice. Pictured: Saybie, May 2019
Saybie's mother, who chose to remain anonymous, said she would be uncomfortable for about a week & # 39; felt, but thought it was just a normal part of pregnancy.
When she went to the hospital for a checkup, she was told that she had preeclampsia, a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure, and that her baby had to be delivered by caesarean section.
& # 39; I kept telling them: & # 39; She won't survive. She is – I am only 23 weeks (pregnant) & # 39;, & # 39; said Saybie & # 39; s mother in one video for Sharp Healthcare. & # 39; It was the scariest day of my life. & # 39;
Dr. Paul Wozniak, medical director for neonatal medicine at Sharp Healthcare, said that when Saybie was delivered, she was much smaller than the staff expected.
& # 39; The heartbeat was powerful, more than 100 (beats per minute), and luckily we could get a breathing tube in & # 39 ;, he told DailyMail.com.
& # 39; We tried to weigh her and nothing would record. We found out that it didn't happen if the baby weighed less than 300 grams. & # 39;
Almost one in ten babies in the US is born prematurely.
A birth is too early if the baby arrives at least three weeks earlier – or before 37 weeks of pregnancy.
Premature baby & # 39; s – or & # 39; preemies & # 39; – run a greater risk of breathing problems, feeding problems and are more susceptible to infections that contract.
According to the March of Dimes, a non-profit organization that improves maternal and infant health, premature birth is the largest contributor to infant mortality in the US.
At birth, she weighed 8.6 ounce or 245 grams, which is about the same as a large apple. Pictured: Saybie, March 2019
She spent five months in the neonate intensive care unit at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for women and newborns. Pictured: Saybie with a nurse from the NICU, unknown date
Data from the Smallest baby & # 39; s register, managed by the University of Iowa, shows that Saybie is the smallest surviving baby in the world.
Previously, the smallest surviving baby was a girl born in Germany in 2015 that weighed 252 grams.
& # 39; (Doctors) told my husband that we had about an hour with her and that she would die, & said & # 39; s Saybie & # 39; s mother.
& # 39; But that hour changed to two hours, which became a day, changing to a week. & # 39;
Micro-preemies, babies born before 28 weeks, experience more medical problems than preemies born later, including brain bleeding and poor heart function.
However, according to Sharp Mary Birch, Saybie has experienced almost none of these problems.
Dr. However, Wozniak admits that Saybie is very & # 39; sick & # 39; especially during her first week of life.
Doctors were amazed that during her stay in the NICU she did not have many complications, such as brain haemorrhage or heart problems. Pictured: Saybie, April 2019
Saybie is followed for a long time, at least every six months, and through primary school to follow her progress. Pictured: Saybie, with a nurse, & # 39; graduating & # 39; from the NICU
& # 39; She was very lucky that she had no bleeding or infection, but we didn't know if she would make it.
& # 39; Dad came … and asked if she would make it, we kept saying it did surprisingly well, but we'll have to see it. & # 39;
A 2015 study, published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, showed that the survival rates of prematures over the last three decades have risen between five and nine percent due to improvements in neonatal care.
& # 39; When I was training, babies & # 39; s who were 28 weeks or older, we didn't even try to revitalize & # 39 ;, said Dr. Wozniak.
& # 39; But the technology has changed. This was a real miracle, a combination of skills and happiness. Not every baby of this size will survive and survive without complications. & # 39;
He added that Saybie must be followed for a long time, at least every six months, and through primary school in order to follow her progress.
The staff checks whether they have visual, hearing or developmental problems.
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