`Smallest baby at birth` discharged from hospital after 13 months
Published: 12:30 9 August 2021
Kwek Yu Xuan was just 212g - the weight of an apple - when she was born and measured 24cm long
A baby thought to be the world's smallest at birth has been discharged from a Singapore hospital after 13 months of intensive treatment. - Reports BBC
Kwek Yu Xuan was just 212g (7.47oz) - the weight of an apple - when she was born and measured 24cm long.
She was delivered at just under 25 weeks - far short of the average 40.
The previous record holder was a girl in the US who weighed 245g at birth in 2018 according to the University of Iowa's Tiniest Babies Registry.
Yu Xuan's mother gave birth to her by emergency C-section four months ahead of schedule after she was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia - dangerously high blood pressure that can damage vital organs and be fatal for both mother and baby.
Yu Xuan now weighs a much healthier 6.3kg (14 pounds).
The baby girl had a "limited chance of survival" according to Singapore's National University Hospital (NUH) where she was born.
"Against the odds, with health complications present at birth, she has inspired people around her with her perseverance and growth, which makes her an extraordinary "Covid-19" baby - a ray of hope amid turmoil," the hospital said in a statement. - BBC
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