A baby, thought to be the world’s smallest at birth, was discharged from a hospital in Singapore after 13 months of intensive treatment recently. The baby girl, named Kweek Yu Xuan, measured 24 centimeters long at birth and measures only 212 grams, reports the BBC.
The baby was delivered prematurely, at just under 25 weeks, way short of the average 40. Until now, the world’s smallest baby on record was a girl born in the United States who weighed 245 grams at birth, according to University of Iowa’s Tiniest Babies Registry.
Yu Xuan was born this early through emergency C-section because the baby’s mother was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia, a dangerously high blood pressure that can cause damage to vital organs and be fatal for both the mother and the baby.
Following Yu Xuan’s discharge, the Singapore hospital which treated her issued a statement saying, “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.”
Xi Yuan’s health has improved significantly now and she currently weighs 6.3 kilograms. At birth, she had a “limited chance of survival”, said doctors at the National University Hospital (NUH).
Doctors say that the baby’s health and development progressed well under their care but she still has a chronic lung disease and will need help breathing on her one.
NUH doctors maintained that the child has a good chance of getting better.
Yu Xuan’s mother Wong Mei Ling told local media that she was shocked at Yu Xuan’s birth and her size because her first-born child born four years ago was delivered at term.
Yu Xuan’s parents were struggling to pay for her medical expenses and initiated a crowdfunding campaign for her treatment. The campaign reportedly raised $270,627.