Study shows that girls surpass boys in the race of survival rate of the tiniest
The tiniest baby boy, weighing under 268 grams went home from Keio University Hospital in Japan. Doctors say that the baby stopped growing after 24 weeks in the womb.
Even after weighing less than 10 ounces the baby was deemed healthy to be discharged on the day of the delivery.
After spending 5 months under Dr. Takeshi Arimitsu’s supervision, the baby boy now weighs 3.238 kilos which is just over 7 lbs.
“I can only say I’m happy that he has grown this big. Because honestly, I wasn’t sure he could survive,” said the new mother.
The baby already secured the title of smallest newborn discharged healthy from Tokyo. Dr. Arimitsu stated “there is a possibility that babies will be able to leave the hospital in good health even though they are born small”.
The record was previously held by a baby boy in Germany in 2009 at 274 grams. Coincidentally, the smallest surviving girl also belonged to Germany in 2015 at 252 grams.
University of Lowa had introduced a registry for world’s tiniest surviving babies. Interestingly, the registry found that girls surpass boys in the race of survival rate of the tiniest.
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