World’s smallest newborn healthy and thriving at 9 months

By Dave Andrusko

emiliagrabarczyk3My apologies for not getting to this delightful story on Friday. We can all use more stories like Emilia Grabarczyk’s.

A little over nine months ago, when Emilia was born via caesarean section at 25 weeks she weighed just eight ounces.

Eight ounces!

Her foot, The Daily Telegraph reported “World’s smallest baby’ now thriving at nine months old“, was an inch long.

One inch.

Adam Boult reports that she is “believed to be the smallest ever baby to survive such an early delivery.”

Now Emilia weighs in a whopping 7lb 2oz “and is getting stronger with each passing day.”

Emily’s mother, Sabine, had no choice but to deliver Emily at 25 weeks, according to Boult. Dr. Sven Schiermeier, chief physician of obstetrics, said that without a caesarean, Emily would have died in the womb. The placenta was failing to provide her child with enough nutrition.

As you would expect with a baby that tiny, it was touch and go.

Dr. Bahman Gharavi, Head of Children and Youth Clinic at St Mary’s hospital [in the German city of Witten], described her birth as truly unique, saying: “Even children with a birth weight of 14 ounces rarely survive. We have to thank Emilia as well for her own survival. She is a little fighter.

“For more than six months, it was unclear whether she would survive. Only in recent weeks she is getting more robust.”

“She was initially fed with a tiny tube,” The Mirror reported. “The doctors used a cotton bud soaked in sugar water to soothe her and relieve pains.”

When she was just 12 ounces, Emilia successfully underwent an abdominal surgery.

“There were many difficult days and many tears, but she clearly wanted to survive,” said her proud mom.