Meet ‘Say­bie:’ A tiny ‘mir­a­cle’ with a big story

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - NATION & WORLD -

SAN DIEGO — When she was born, the baby girl weighed about the same as an ap­ple.

A San Diego hos­pi­tal re­cently re­vealed the birth of the girl and said she is be­lieved to be the world’s tini­est sur­viv­ing mi­cro­pre­emie, who weighed 8.6 ounces when she was born in De­cem­ber.

The girl was born 23 weeks and three days into her mother’s 40-week preg­nancy. Doc­tors told her fa­ther af­ter the birth that he would have about an hour with his daugh­ter be­fore she died.

“But that hour turned into two hours, which turned into a day, which turned into a week,” the mother said in a video re­leased by Sharp Mary Birch Hos­pi­tal for Women & New­borns. More than five months have passed, and she has gone home as a healthy in­fant, weigh­ing 5 pounds.

“She’s a mir­a­cle, that’s for sure,” said Kim Norby, a nurse fea­tured in the video.

The baby’s fam­ily wanted to stay anony­mous, the hos­pi­tal said. They al­lowed the girl to go by the name that nurses called her: “Say­bie.”

Her rank­ing as the world’s small­est baby ever to sur­vive is ac­cord­ing to the Tini­est Baby Registry main­tained by the Uni­ver­sity of Iowa. Dr. Ed­ward Bell, a pro­fes­sor of pe­di­atrics at the Uni­ver­sity of Iowa, said Say­bie had the low­est med­i­cally con­firmed birth weight sub­mit­ted to the registry.

The girl weighed 7 grams less than the pre­vi­ous tini­est baby, who was born in Ger­many in 2015.

SHARP HEALTH­CARE PHO­TOS

‘Say­bie,’ born in De­cem­ber, may be the world’s tini­est sur­viv­ing baby. The fam­ily gave per­mis­sion to share its story.

She went home weigh­ing over 5 pounds.

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