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The World's most premature baby

From the BBC News Website:

Doctors in Miami are delaying the release of the world’s most-premature baby, saying she will stay in hospital a few more days for checks.

They had earlier said Amillia Taylor would be allowed to go home on Tuesday.

Amillia is believed to be the first baby to have survived following a gestation period of less than 22 weeks.

She weighed a mere 10 ounces (284 grams) at birth on 24 October. Babies under 14 ounces were thought to stand no chance of survival.

‘Miracle baby’

A spokeswoman at the Baptist Children’s Hospital gave no details on the doctors’ decision, simply saying: “They want to observe her a couple more days.”

Feet of Amillia Taylor in doctor's hands

Doctors held out little hope of Amillia surviving

Amillia spent a little under 22 weeks in her mother’s womb, a world record according to the University of Iowa which keeps track of premature babies born throughout the world.

Initially, doctors held little hope for her survival. She measured just 9.5in (241mm).

“She’s truly a miracle baby, ” said Dr William Smalling, neo-natal expert at the Baptist Children’s Hospital.

“We weren’t too optimistic. But she proved us all wrong,” he said.

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See the full story here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/6377639.stm

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Written By: PeterP
On: February 20th, 2007
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