Record-Setting Baby, Born Weighing 8.6 Ounces, Goes Home Healthy

Michael Foust | Contributor | Friday, May 31, 2019
Record-Setting Baby, Born Weighing 8.6 Ounces, Goes Home Healthy

Record-Setting Baby, Born Weighing 8.6 Ounces, Goes Home Healthy

A record-setting baby girl born at 23 weeks of gestation and weighing barely half a pound left a San Diego hospital this month – and just might lead a few people to rethink their position on abortion. 

Nicknamed Saybie, she went home five months after being born weighing only 8.6 ounces. It is believed to be a record for the smallest-ever surviving baby. 

“For comparison, at birth she was roughly the same weight as a large apple or a child’s juice box,” said Trisha Khaleghi, the senior vice president and chief executive at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns, where Saybie was born. The parents chose not to reveal Saybie’s real name. 

Saybie was born in December 2018 and discharged in early May as a “healthy 5-pound infant,” according to a press release.

She was born at 23 weeks, 3 days gestation. A pregnancy typically lasts 40 weeks. (The record for earliest baby to survive is 21 weeks, 4 days.) 

Saybie was delivered after the mother developed preeclampsia. 

The survival rate for babies born at 23 weeks is about 20 percent, a doctor told the Washington Post

“She’s a miracle,” Kim Norby, a nurse who cared for Saybie, said in a video released by the hospital.

Rachel Campos-Duffy, an author and Fox News contributor, said stories like Saybie’s should impact the abortion debate. 

“23 week old premature baby is thriving  & has left hospital to live at home,” she wrote on Twitter. “Take a look at her picture. So fragile & precious.  There’s no denying her humanity. These medical miracles are why Americans are rethinking the abortion debate.”


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Photo courtesy: Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns