World's smallest baby was the size of an apple. Here is how she survived
"I kept telling them, 'She's not going to survive. She's - I'm only 23 weeks pregnant'."
Baby Saybie, born weighing just 245g, is believed to be the world’s smallest premature baby. This little one, who was born in December 2018, and weighed only as much as a large apple, is finally going home, after spending the last 5 months in hospital.
She now weighs 2.54kg.
Saybie’s mother had given birth to her by emergency C-section, after she was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia, a pregnancy complication characterised by high blood pressure.
When Saybie was born, just 23 weeks and three days into her mum’s pregnancy, doctors told her parents that she had just hours to live.
Her mother, who has chosen to remain anonymous, has described the birth as the “scariest day of my life”.
“I kept telling them, ‘She’s not going to survive. She’s – I’m only 23 weeks [pregnant]’,” she said in a video for Sharp HealthCare.
“Doctors told my husband that we had about an hour with her and that she was going to pass away.”
‘But that hour turned into two hours, which turned into a day, which turned into a week.”
After being stabilised by the life support team st Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns in San Diego, California, baby Saybie was immediately transferred to the neonatal intensive care unit.
Her survival has amazed experts, who have called it a miracle.
Baby Saybie was apparently so small at birth, she could fit in the palm of the hands of her care team.
She is considered to be a micro preemie, because she was born before 28 weeks’ gestation. Amazingly, she did not suffer from serious complications after birth, like brain bleeds, and heart and lung issues.
Here is the video of this little baby’s amazing journey: