Miracle baby

Baby born at 23 weeks goes home from San Diego hospital; said to be world's tiniest surviving infant

World’s smallest baby, Saybie, with her nurse. (image: Sharp Healthcare)

The world’s smallest baby is finally heading home!

Saybie, who was born at just 8.6 ounces, or 254 grams, is the tiniest baby ever to survive, according to the official Tiniest Baby Registrymaintained by the University of Iowa. She was born at 23 weeks and 3 days, weighing only as much as a juice box at birth.

Saybie “graduated” from the NICU in mid-May after a five-month stay at the Sharp Mary Birch Hospital in San Diego, California, the hospital announced Wednesday. When she went home, Saybie weighed a healthy 5.6 pounds.

Saybie’s mother was taken to the hospital after experiencing complications during her pregnancy and was subsequently diagnosed with preeclampsia. The doctors decided they had to deliver Saybie right away.

“I kept telling them that she’s not going to survive, I’m only 23 weeks,” the mother said. A typical pregnancy lasts 40 weeks.

“At 254 grams, there’s reservations on survival,” Sharp Mary Birch NICU RN Courtney Akel said in the video.

But despite the low odds, the nurses and Saybie’s parents kept fighting for her.

“They told my husband that he had about an hour with her, and that she was going to pass away,” Saybie’s mother said. “But that hour turned into two hours, which turned into a day, which turned into a week.”

Full story at People Magazine.

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