US: Smallest baby to be released from hospital

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February 20, 2007 05:04

 
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A premature baby that doctors say spent less time in the womb than any other surviving infant is scheduled for release from a South Florida hospital Tuesday. Amillia Sonja Taylor was just 9 1/2 inches (24.13 centimeters) long and weighed less than 10 ounces (284 grams) when she was born Oct. 24. She was delivered after just under 22 weeks of pregnancy; full-term births come after 37 to 40 weeks. Neonatologists who cared for Amillia say she is the first baby known to survive after a gestation period of fewer than 23 weeks. The baby has experienced respiratory problems, a very mild brain hemorrhage and some digestive problems, but none of the health concerns are expected to pose long-term problems, her doctors said.

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