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World's youngest preemie is going home!!!

post #1 of 47
Thread Starter 
She is the youngest preemie on record to be born and survive and she is going home today!!! She was born at 21 weeks and weighed 10 oz. She is on O2 now, but she is on her way. It was on GMA this morning. It gives so much promise, when people says we shouldn't hope for much.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070219...y_070219205236
post #2 of 47
21 weeks?!? Wow! that's amazing, what a fighter she must be!
post #3 of 47
Where was she from? The states? Because if she is in the UK, the weeks along are different there.
post #4 of 47
wow, what a fighter! thats so awesome!!!
post #5 of 47
Thread Starter 
She is in FL. She was born at 21 weeks and 6 days.

Here is a link to the story:
http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=2886441

I mistyped, she is going home tomorrow.
post #6 of 47
wow. wow. wow. i mean the little girl is technically still supposed to be not even born yet (4 mo.+22 weeks=approx 38 weeks) and shes going home. she certainly is a fighter. i didn't even think 23 week olds were able to really survive and i know that she is a one in a million shot but still it blows my mind.
post #7 of 47
Wow! What an amazing story. She looks so healthy now too.
post #8 of 47
Wow, that's amazing.

I'm so glad the doctor gave the baby a chance.

There is no way she "always" believed that baby would come home...21 weeks??? nu uh! Though in all fairness, if she did she has far more power over her thoughts than I do!!
post #9 of 47
Wow, just WOW!
post #10 of 47
earliest yes but not smallest. That was at Maggie's nicu.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/...in672488.shtml
post #11 of 47
Yay! Great news.
post #12 of 47
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Originally Posted by dhinderliter View Post
wow. wow. wow. i mean the little girl is technically still supposed to be not even born yet (4 mo.+22 weeks=approx 38 weeks) and shes going home. she certainly is a fighter. i didn't even think 23 week olds were able to really survive and i know that she is a one in a million shot but still it blows my mind.
they do, but it's rare. one of my friends has 23 weeker twins and both made it, but the little one had only a 3% chance...
post #13 of 47
WOW.... 10 ounces is 283 grams.... They told us babies HAD to be at least 24 weeks and 500 grams for survival. We were told that under 500 grams the IV tubes and intubation tubes are too big.

Wow what a tiny baby.
post #14 of 47
The doctor said the reason why they worked to keep this baby alive at her gestational age and weight was because at birth she showed signs of survival, trying to breathe on her own and crying, so they believed she had the ability to beat the odds.
post #15 of 47
oh my goodness! 21 weeks?!?! i can't even imagine...
and oh my goodness about the 8.5 oz baby, too!
post #16 of 47
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Originally Posted by intorainbowz View Post
WOW.... 10 ounces is 283 grams.... They told us babies HAD to be at least 24 weeks and 500 grams for survival. We were told that under 500 grams the IV tubes and intubation tubes are too big.

Wow what a tiny baby.
DD was born weighing less than 500 grams and the nicu where she was born had tubes small enough for her. I guess it really depends on the nicu
post #17 of 47
What an amazing story. And what a tough little girl!
post #18 of 47
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Originally Posted by OnTheFence View Post
The doctor said the reason why they worked to keep this baby alive at her gestational age and weight was because at birth she showed signs of survival, trying to breathe on her own and crying, so they believed she had the ability to beat the odds.
When I heard that, I understood. Also, by odds this baby has a greater chance of survival. Girl babies have a greater chance than boys and also she is of color which also helps her odds even more. I remember when Maggie was being born, they kept saying shes a girl so her odds go up a lot.

The world's two smallest babies to survive in my nicu were also both girls. The smallest a few years back is a fraternal twin and she is actually doing better than her sister is at this point. My home health nurse also cares for the girls, they live near me.
post #19 of 47
Amazing
post #20 of 47
I have heard many times that babies of color seemed to survive at earlier gestational ages, boys or girls. Fascinating.
I know that at every scan I have had they watch to see if my baby has the suck, swallow reflex. You could really see it clearly this last time.
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