The Smalles Babies Ever Born Alive
Meet the world’s smallest baby ever surviving, the wight just nine ounces. The tiny child – smaller than a can of coke – was born after just 25 weeks. He was so little at birth that a tape measure laid next to his body was wider than his limbs.
Doctors in Germany were convinced he would not survive but refused to give up hope. Now – eight months after the birth – medics have finally released a picture of the mite, confident he is strong enough to make it through. The child weighed just 275g and is the smallest baby boy ever to survive. There have been three girls who have been lighter.
The most smallest baby o survive is believed to have been born after 21 weeks, a girl born in Miami in America in 2004. Experts on medical ethics advise doctors not to resuscitate babies born before 23 weeks in the womb. More than 80,000 babies are born prematurely in Britain every year and half need to be treated in intensive care. Doctors expect babies weighing less than 12oz not to survive.