The world's smallest surviving baby boy has finally been released from a hospital in Tokyo and can now go home for the very first time.
Despite a widely held belief, there is no hard and fast period for how long a woman is pregnant for. Yes, most of us just say nine months, but it really does differ from mother to mother. Expectant moms will be given a due date but that is only ever an estimate. Newborns sadly do not abide by your schedule and will reveal themselves to the world whenever they are good and ready.
What all moms hope for is that when the baby comes, it is only two weeks before baby was expected to arrive at most. If you start going into labor way before that then it can be an extremely scary experience. While hospitals, doctors, and midwives are a lot more capable of helping premature babies to survive in the present day, it is still an experience parents understandably want to avoid.
Imagine for a moment that you have only been pregnant for 24 weeks and it is time for your baby to be born. That was the terrifying scenario for an unnamed Japanese mom back in August 2018. Fox News reports that doctors at Tokyo’s Keio University Hospital decided that such an early birth was necessary as the little one was not gaining weight and his life was at risk.
When born, the baby boy weighed just 9.45 ounces. That is believed to be the smallest surviving baby boy ever born. The record was previously held by a baby born in Germany 10 years ago. The unnamed record breaker has called the Tokyo hospital home for the past six months as he has grown and become stronger. However, on February 20, Reuters reported that his parents were given the go-ahead to take him home.
The above is a truly remarkable story, and proof of how far modern medicine has truly come. Babies born at just 24 weeks gestation are only given a 39% chance of survival. However, you don't need to go back too far for that number to decrease significantly. This little one may have had to spend the first six months of his life in a hospital, but now, he can hopefully live a full and happy life.