“Smallest baby in the world” home after 13 months in the hospital

A baby thinks of the smallest in the world. At birth, he has been sent home after spending 13 months in the hospital. Kwek Yu Xuan has only 212 grams – about apple weight – when he was born on the June 9 last year at the Singapore’s National University Hospital (Noah). He delivered only 25 weeks, the BBC reported, making it four months premature. At the time of his birth, he only measured 24 cm.

Very small is Kwek Yu Xuan. When pushed into a neonatal intensive care unit, the nurse on duty could not believe his eyes. “I was surprised so I spoke with the professor (in the same department) and asked if he could believe it,” said Zhang Suhe, Nuh’s nurse, to the library. “In 22 years I became a nurse, I haven’t seen a newborn baby.”

Kwek Yu Xuan has received around 13 months of intensive care at the hospital, spent weeks in the ventilator, and now has a much healthier weight of 6.3 kg. He was dismissed from the hospital last month and believed to be the smallest baby in the world to survive premature birth.

This weekend, the doctor involved in his shipments spoke to reporters for the first time, saying that Kwek Yu Xuan had a weight even at birth than they expected. “We hope he has a weight of 400, 500 or 600 grams, but he comes only 212 grams,” said Dr., which is a senior consultant in the neonatology department in Noah.

Treating premature babies also offers a set of other challenges: the skin is very fragile, so the doctor can not enter the probe at him. His body is so small that the doctor must look for the most miniature respiratory tube, and his caregivers must load diapers so they can load him. “He is very small so the calculation for the drug must go down to the decimal point,” said the doctor.

“Against the opportunity, with health complications present at birth, he has inspired the people around him with his perseverance and growth, which makes it an extraordinary” Covid-19 “baby – rays of hope in the midst of chaos,” said the hospital in A statement.

Yu Xuan’s parents have also been trained to use and setup the medical equipment so that their care can continue at home after the discharge from the hospital.

According to a trusted baby registry by Iowa University, a previous record for the lightest baby at birth was held by a girl born in 2018 in the United States who weighed O245 grams.

Babies have “limited opportunities to survive”, according to the National University of Singapore (Noah) Hospital where he was born.

“Fighting opportunities, with health complications present at birth, he has inspired the people around him with perseverance and growth, which made him ‘covid-19’ extraordinary baby – rays of hope in the midst of chaos,” said the hospital in a hospital statement.

During his time in the hospital, Yu Xuan was given many types of care and relied on various machines to survive. The doctor said his health and development took place well under their care, and he was now good enough to be repatriated.

Yu Xuan still does has chronic lung disease and will need help with breathing at home. However, Doctor Noah said he was expected to be better over time.

His mother, Wong Mei Ling, told local media that Yu Xuan’s birth and size came as a surprise because of his first child – a four-year-old boy – delivered in the future.

Yu Xuan’s parents can pay to stay in an extended hospital through a crowdfunding campaign that raised $ 366,884 ($ 270.601; £ 195,188).