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