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World’s Third Smallest Surviving Baby Goes Home, Mom says ‘She’s a little miracle to me’

by | Jan 21, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

Record-breaker: Melinda, pictured here shortly after birth, became the world's third smallest surviving baby when she was born at 24 weeks weighing just 9.5 ounces

At least a dozen people forwarded me links to the heartwarming story of Melinda Star Guido, who was scheduled to leave the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center today. Born in August at only 24 weeks, Melinda weighed just 9.5 ounces.  She now tips the scales at 4½ pounds, having gained weight steadily. Doctors gave her 22-year-old mother Haydee Ibarra “the all clear to take her baby home for the first time,” the Daily Mail reports.

Melinda is the world’s third smallest baby to survive–and the second smallest in the U.S.

Her Mom told the Associated Press, “’She’s been through a lot and she’s made it. A lot of people doubted her. They thought that she wasn’t going to make it.” Haydee Ibarra added, “She’s a little miracle to me.”

Press accounts list just two complications: an eye order that is common in preemies that was treated and surgery to close an artery.

There are several remarkable photos online that show Melinda’s size at birth, typically described as “less than a can of soda.” As the accompany photo from Reuters show, she was small enough at birth to be held in her mother’s hand.

Rumaisa Rahman, who grew into an honors college student majoring in psychology, is the tiniest preemie to survive, having been born at 9.2 ounces.

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