After 6 Months In The Hospital, World’s Smallest Premature Baby Goes Home Healthy
When the world’s smallest premature baby to survive outside of the womb finally managed to be sent home from the hospital, it was nothing short of miraculous. After a nearly six-month stay at a Tokyo hospital, one young baby boy beat the odds and thrived form continuous medical care to leave healthy and strong.
Babies who are born premature or have a low birthweight are not common in Japan. Once parents received the news that their child failed to gain weight in the womb, their fragile child was delivered via emergency C-section, early in August 2018, at Tokyo’s Keio University Hospital. The tiny baby boy’s parents feared for their child’s life, as he weighed a mere 268 grams or 9.45 ounces.
At 24 weeks, the premature baby’s boy was small enough to fit inside the palm of an adult hand. Dr. Takeshi Arimitsu was in charge of the premature child’s round-the-clock care within the neonatal intensive care unit. Shortly after his birth, the baby required a ventilator and infusion therapy to cling to life.
Strength To Survive
The survival rate for a premature baby that weighs under 300 kilograms is about 50% if they are born in Japan. In regards to premature baby boys, the rate of survival is even slimmer than girls. After five months of being nurtured by the staff at Keio University Hospital in Tokyo, Japan, the tiniest male baby in the world astounded everyone.
After steadily gaining weight and developing the ability to feed normally, it was unbelievable this baby boy weighed seven pounds when discharged from the hospital, February 20, 2019. His mother had this to say about her son, “I can only say I’m happy that he has grown this big because honestly, I wasn’t sure he could survive.”
Home At Last
Into the arms of his loving parents, the smallest survivor of premature birth in the world was released two months beyond his due date. According to Dr. Takeshi Arimitsu, the baby boy was the smallest child on record to be born and discharged from a hospital.
Dr. Arimitsu was happy to save this extraordinary baby, as it shows the world that “there is a possibility that babies will be able to leave the hospital in good health, even though they are born small.”
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