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“Tiny but Mighty”: World’s smallest baby survives against all odds

Saybie with a tiny graduation cap on leaving the hospital (Credit: Sharp HealthCare)

A baby girl, nicknamed “Saybie” by her nurses, has just been released from hospital having been born weighing just 8.6 ounces (245 grams) – about the same as an apple. Five months later and more than eight times her birth weight, she has been sent home as a healthy child. She is thought to be the smallest surviving premature baby.

Born at 23 weeks and three days, classified as a micro premmie, doctors initially told her parents that the child would likely die within an hour.

“But that hour turned into two hours, which turned into a day, which turned into a week,” her  mother said in a video released by Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns.

The Tiniest Baby Registry maintained by the University of Iowa ranks her as the world’s smallest baby ever to survive.

The hospital said Saybie officially weighed 7 grams less than the previous tiniest baby, who was born in Germany in 2015.

Tiny but mighty premmie
A sign by her crib read “Tiny but Mighty(Credit: Sharp Healthcare)

In the video produced by the hospital, Saybie’s mother described the birth as the scariest day of her life.

She was suffering from preeclampsia – a serious condition which requires the baby to be delivered quickly to avoid the possibility of the mother’s death.

“I kept telling them she’s not going to survive, she’s only 23 weeks,” she said.

But against all odds, the tiny girl did survive and slowly gained weight in the neonatal intensive care unit.

Nurses put a tiny graduation cap on her when she left the unit.

Children, like Saybie, born extremely prematurely can experience vision and hearing problems, developmental issues and a host of other complications, and sadly, many die within the first year. So far though, Saybie is doing extremely well.

It is lawful in Britain to obtain an abortion up to 24 weeks, but as can be seen in this case many babies are born before this point and survive. In fact, if a child has a disability, it is lawful to have an abortion all the way up to birth.

Recent polling has found strong opposition to the extreme abortion legislation we have in the UK with 70% of women in the UK believe that the current 24-week gestational limit for abortion should be reduced.

Dear reader,

You may be surprised to learn that our 24-week abortion time limit is out of line with the majority of European Union countries, where the most common time limit for abortion on demand or on broad social grounds is 12 weeks gestation.

The latest guidance from the British Association of Perinatal Medicine enables doctors to intervene to save premature babies from 22 weeks. The latest research indicates that a significant number of babies born at 22 weeks gestation can survive outside the womb, and this number increases with proactive perinatal care.

This leaves a real contradiction in British law. In one room of a hospital, doctors could be working to save a baby born alive at 23 weeks whilst, in another room of that same hospital, a doctor could perform an abortion that would end the life of a baby at the same age.

The majority of the British population support reducing the time limit. Polling has shown that 70% of British women favour a reduction in the time limit from 24 weeks to 20 weeks or below.

Please click the button below to sign the petition to the Prime Minister, asking him to do everything in his power to reduce the abortion time limit.