A Singaporean ultra-premature baby born weighing 0.02 kg was discharged from the hospital in a healthy state after 13 months.
According to the Straits Times on the 8th, Quang Yu Xuan weighed only 212 grams when she was born at the National University Hospital (NUH) in Singapore last September. That’s about the weight of an apple.
The baby was born four months earlier as the mother underwent emergency surgery for abdominal pain. The baby was hospitalized and treated for 13 months, and was discharged on the 9th of last month.
In particular, Yu Xuan’s lungs were not developed properly, so he had to use an oxygen ventilator to help him breathe. It was too soft and thin, so I was careful to put the tools on the skin. It was difficult to insert the tube into the body as Yu Xuan’s thigh was only about the size of an adult’s finger.
Despite these ordeals, Yu Xuan grew up bright and healthy. At the time of discharge, he weighed 6.3 kg.
Citing the ultra-prematurity registration site operated by the University of Iowa, the hospital said that Yu Xuan was probably the lightest baby among the babies who returned home safely after being born prematurely.
The previous record for the survival of an ultra-premature infant was a 245g baby girl born in the United States in 2018.
S$200,000 (about 170 million won) of hospital expenses for 13 months was covered by donations of S$300,000 (about 250 million won) from citizens who heard the sad news of Yu Xuan.
Reporter Hong Soo-min [email protected]