Meet Little Fighter Emilia: The tiniest baby in the world born weighing only 8 ounces

  • Baby Emilia was tagged as the tiniest baby in the world weighing just as heavy as a bell pepper and having feet as small as your thumbnail
  • Baby continues to fight despite medical reports that her condition makes an infant impossible to survive
  • She finally reached the ideal weight of a healthy newborn baby which is 7 pounds and 2 ounces with no signs of hyperactivity and learning disabilities

Born from Lukas and Sabine Grabarczyk, baby Emilia was tagged as the tiniest baby in the world weighing just as heavy as a bell pepper and having feet the size of your thumbnail.

At her 25th week in her mother’s womb, baby Emilia was reportedly in grave danger. The placenta where an infant gets nourishment while inside the womb was not giving this poor child enough nutrients to survive and complete the 37 weeks of gestation.

As per a Manila Bulletin story, Dr. Sven Schiermeier, the joint effort of pediatricians, gynecologists and pediatric surgeons in St Mary’s hospital in Germany, had taken control of her delivery through a cesarean section and it was miraculously successful. She was born 22 centimeters long and weighed only 8 ounces.

Dr. Bahman Gharavi, the hospital’s Head of Children and Youth Clinic, called the baby “the little fighter” after all those uncertainties and very low probabilities of survival. Even if there were already medical reports showing that this kind of condition has little chance of survival, baby Emilia continues to fight and gets nurtured by the medical team.

According to the World Health Organization, more than one out of every 10 babies are born earlier before the 39 completed gestation period. Those who survived the preterm birth usually experience hearing, visual and learning disabilities.

The leading cause of death of these preterm babies is due to complications and lack of medical interventions and development. In Emilia’s case, she is under the category of extremely preterm baby born alive in which she has the smallest chances to live due to complications.

During her critical days, the miracle baby was being nourished by the doctors using appropriate tubes. To relieve her from pain, the nurses would apply cotton soaked on mixed water and sugar. She even underwent an abdominal operation when she was just 12 ounces and luckily survived it. Through technological interventions and techniques performed by the medical team, after six months she already is in good conditions.

She finally reached the ideal weight of a healthy newborn baby which is 7 pounds and 2 ounces with no signs of hyperactivity and learning disabilities.

Let’s watch a video of the ‘little fighter’ and be amazed.

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