San Diego: Her first life accomplishment was setting a world record.
A girl believed to be the smallest-ever surviving baby — weighing just over half a pound at 8.6 ounces at birth — has been released from a California hospital, officials revealed on Wednesday.
After almost five months in a neonatal intensive care unit, the baby girl, who was nicknamed Saybie by the staff, left the San Diego hospital earlier this month and instantly earned a place in the history books.
Her parents decided not to allow her real name to be released.
Saybie was born prematurely at 23 weeks of gestation weighing about as much as a large apple.
Dr. Edward Bell of the University of Iowa, which maintains the Tiniest Babies Registry, confirmed that Saybie is the smallest baby the registry has ever recorded.
“Baby Saybie has the lowest birth weight among the infants in the Tiniest Babies Registry,” Bell told NPR. “The registry contains only those infants submitted and medically confirmed. We cannot rule out even smaller infants who have not been reported to the registry.”