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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
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21 weeks?!? Wow! that's amazing, what a fighter she must be!
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Where was she from? The states? Because if she is in the UK, the weeks along are different there.

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wow, what a fighter! thats so awesome!!!
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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.
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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.
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Wow! What an amazing story. She looks so healthy now too.

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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!!

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Wow, just WOW!
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earliest yes but not smallest. That was at Maggie's nicu.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/...in672488.shtml

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Yay! Great news.
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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...

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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.
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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.
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oh my goodness! 21 weeks?!?! i can't even imagine...
and oh my goodness about the 8.5 oz baby, too!

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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
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What an amazing story. And what a tough little girl!

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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.

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Amazing

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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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Seriously, at one Peri consult the peri said that her being female was a big positive and that her father being hispanic was another positive. He did not know why, but he said that minority girls do best.

A sad way they proved this was after the big Mexico City Earthquates. When the found the babies in the hospital nurserys more girl babies lived than boys.
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I'd already heard it before so it wasn't too much of a shock when I was told a few times that little caucasian boys were the wimpiest. It didn't really phase me and ds did remarkably well. Hadn't really thought about it before but maybe it had something to do with Dh being half Cuban?
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Oh, that is so wonderful and amazing that she's going home!

I had heard too, that caucasian boys do the worst, and African-American girls do the best (could be girls of color, period, but I seem to recall my doc saying AA), and they just don't know why. They actually jokingly call it "wimpy white boy syndrome". My ds (caucasian) spent 2 wks in the NICU at 36 wks, so I'm unfortunately familiar with the phenomenon. All I know is, I'm trying for a girl next time.
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Yeah, they told me that having girls was definitely in our favor at 29 weeks, and having twins because supposedly they mature faster. And maybe my husband being half Peruvian helped, too!

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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.

I had a major bleed at 24w0d and I was admitted into Labor and Delivery for the night. The admitting nurse put me at 23w4d and I was told the same thing that I needed to be 24 weeks for possible survival. Even the Peri I saw mentioned several times they probably wouldn't even attempt to resuscitate before 24 weeks.

That's an amazing story.

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there were a few 23 weekers in our nicu. But things get easier after 24 weeks.

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I'd already heard it before so it wasn't too much of a shock when I was told a few times that little caucasian boys were the wimpiest. It didn't really phase me and ds did remarkably well.
When the neonatologist came to my hospital room to talk to me when I was in active labour at 32 weeks he said "of course, we will have issues with wimpy white boy syndrome"...that's definitely the right thing to tell a stressed out mother. : But yea, I have definitely heard that before...even before he said it to me, but still...

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I know all about WWB syndrome. My WWB is a 26-weeker who's acting like a 24-weeker, but we're on NICU day 64 and he's still here

Anyway, I was at the U of I tonight visiting my little buddy and talked to them about this article because the University of Iowa is quoted in it, and they all swear (neos and nurses) that the dates are wrong, but I keep thinking it won't be long before some of these obstacles are overcome and they will find a way to save 20-weekers. This is the website. I've checked it out a few times. I know that the've saved a 12-ounce 22-weeker but she cried at birth, and of course was a 'she.'

http://www.medicine.uiowa.edu/tiniestbabies/
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She had to stay. They are not saying why.

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When the neonatologist came to my hospital room to talk to me when I was in active labour at 32 weeks he said "of course, we will have issues with wimpy white boy syndrome"...that's definitely the right thing to tell a stressed out mother. : But yea, I have definitely heard that before...even before he said it to me, but still...
I know with my boy/girl twins I heard over and over that the girls almost always go home first. My boy came home the exact same day as his sister. He was a little slower in the feeding department than her but he never needed oxygen and she did.

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