Tuesday, 19 October 2021

After 13 months World's smallest baby goes home

After 13 months World's smallest baby goes home

A baby thought to be the World's most miniature at birth has been sent home after staying in hospital for 13 months.

Kwek Yu Xuan weighed only 212 grams, about a weight of an apple, when she was born on 9 June last year at Singapore's National University Hospital (NUH). She, at 25 weeks, delivered the baby, making her four months early birth. At the time of her delivery, she measured just 24 cm long. Reports BBC.

So small was Kwek Yu Xuan that the nurse on duty could not believe her eyes when she was wheeling into the neonatal intensive care unit.

Zhang, She said

"I was shocked so I spoke to professor in same department and asked if he could believe it or not,"

The NUH nurse, to Strait Times.

"In my 22 years of career being a nurse in a hospital, I haven't seen such a small newborn baby." 

Kwek Yu Xuan received 13 months of in-depth care treatment in a hospital, keeping on a ventilator for weeks, and now weighs a much healthier 6.3 kg. After 13 months World's smallest baby goes to home last month and is believed to be the World's tiniest baby to survive a premature birth.

After 13 month World smallest baby goes Home 1Facebook : National university Hospital

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This weekend, doctors involved in her delivery spoke to reporters for the first time, saying that Kwek Yu Xuan weighed even less at the time of birth than they expected her to. "We expected her to weigh 400, 500 or 600 grams, but she came up to just 212 grams," said Dr. Ng, who is a senior consultant at the department of neonatology at NUH.

Treating an early baby also offered another set of problems: her skin was so fragile that doctors could not put probes on her. Her body was so small that doctors had to look for the most petite breathing tube, and her caretakers had to cut diapers so they could fit her.

A doctor said.

"She was so small that even calculation for medication had to be down to the decimal points,"

The hospital said in a statement.

"Against the odds, with health complications present at birth, she has inspired people around her with her perseverance and growth, which makes her an extraordinary "Covid-19" baby - a ray of hope amid turmoil," 

Yu Xuan's parents have been training to use medical equipment so her care can continue at home after her hospital discharge.

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