August 2019 – In May, the AFA Journal reported on the birth of the world’s smallest surviving baby boy. Born in Tokyo (August 2018) at only 24 weeks gestation, the infant’s official birthweight was a mere 9.45 ounces.
In December 2018, a micro preemie nicknamed Saybie was born in California at 23 weeks, weighing only 8.6 ounces, making her the world’s smallest surviving baby girl. San Diego’s Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women and Newborns, California’s largest maternity hospital, announced May 29 that Saybie had been released in good health to her parents after a five month stay in the NICU.
“I thought her chances of making it probably weren’t good,” said Dr. Paul Wozniak, a neonatologist at the hospital. “But Saybie kept on thriving as the hospital staff supported her. The fact that she’s done so well is just such a reward ... and it just makes the whole team feel wonderful.”