Smallest Baby Boy Born on Record Released from Hospital in Japan
The boy weighed a little more than half a pound when he was born.
His mother had an emergency C-section at 24 weeks in August after doctors became worried when he stopped growing. Doctors weighed him in at just 9.45 ounces.
The previous tiniest boy was born in Germany in 2009 weighing roughly 0.6 pounds when he was born. Keio University Hospital, where the baby was born, said the survival rate for babies born weight under 2.2 lbs (1kg) is roughly 90% in Japan but babies weighing under 0.7 pounds have a survival rate of 50%.
The boy was discharged on February 20, nearly two months after his due date. Doctors say he weighed 7.14he left
“I want people to know that babies can return home vigorous even if they are born small,” Dr. Takeshi Arimitsu stated.