Smallest ever preemie baby, who was born at 24 weeks, is now a healthy and thriving infant.
This Tokyo infant weighed less than 10 ounces, the size of a large onion. While most hospitals would refuse childbirth assistance for a baby that small, Keio University Hospital chose to treat the tiny preemie baby.
In countries such as the United Kingdom where “withdrawal or withholding life-sustaining treatment from critically ill infants is in their best interests,” according to The Conversation Media Group, but Japanese doctors fought for his little life.
The baby survived after full 5 months in the hospital, and now the child has grown from just under 10 ounces to more than 7 pounds. His mother says, “I can only say I’m happy that he has grown this big because honestly, I wasn’t sure he could survive,” the boy’s mother said and even the doctors could not believe his rapid progress.
Doctor Takeshi Arimitsu, the primary physician in charge of the baby said of the entire process, “there is a possibility that babies will be able to leave the hospital in good health even though they are born small.” And that is exactly what happened as the baby boy was able to leave hospital 2 months later he was due to be born, healthy as ever.
Praying and expecting great things in the life of this little boy, as this clearly is an act of God.