It’s a miracle for the small yet fighter baby boy in Japan, after it released in the hospital healthy amid his condition.
The baby boy in Tokyo weighing the same as a large onion has gone home healthy.
He now becomes the smallest newborn boy in the world to leave hospital safely.
The tiny tot weighed just 268 grams – under 10 ounces -– when he was delivered at 24 weeks, reportedly after he stopped growing in the womb.
In order for us to visualize his size, he was so small he fit in an adult’s cupped hands.
But after 5 months of treatment, he now weighs 3.238 kilos, is feeding normally, and has been discharged, according to Keio University Hospital.
“I can only say I’m happy that he has grown this big because honestly, I wasn’t sure he could survive,” the boy’s mother said.
Doctor Takeshi Arimitsu, who treated the infant, said he wanted to tell people that “there is a possibility that babies will be able to leave the hospital in good health even though they are born small”.
The Tokyo-based Hospital said the boy was believed to now hold the record for the smallest newborn boy to be discharged from a hospital in good health.
The record was previously held by a boy born in Germany in 2009 weighing just 274 grams, the hospital said, citing a registry put together by University of Iowa for the world’s tiniest surviving babies.
The smallest surviving girl was born in Germany in 2015 weighing 252 grams, according to the registry.
Based on available studies and statistics, the survival rate of the smallest babies is substantially lower for boys compared with girls.
Japan has one of the world’s lowest rates of infant mortality, according to UNICEF.