World's Smallest Baby Goes Home From the Hospital in Tokyo

The boy was so small he weighed less than a block of butter when he was born

The boy was so small he weighed less than a block of butter when he was born

The boy, believed to be the smallest to have been successfully treated, was born at 24 weeks via emergency caesarean section at Tokyo's Keio University Hospital in August.

The tiny boy weighed just 268 grams when he was born at Keio University hospital in Tokyo in August, Kyodo News reported. He was so small he fit in an adult's cupped hands.

In Tokyo, Keio University Hospital quoted the boy's mother as saying, "Honestly speaking, I didn't know whether he could live, so I am really happy he has grown so much".

The previous record was held by a boy born in Germany in 2009 weighing 274 grams, according to the Tiniest Babies registry managed by the University of Iowa. But for those born under 300g, that falls to around 50%. Medical experts are unsure why, though some believe it could be linked to the slower development of male babies' lungs.

Keio University Hospital noted that the survival rate of infants born under one kilogram is around 90%. He weighed 23 pounds 9 ounces and measured 76.2cm (30 inches). The baby has gone healthy and became the smallest newborn boy in the world to leave a hospital safely.

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"The main nutrient that controls babies' growth is sugar", Atkins said.

Over time, the baby grew to a healthy 3,238 grams, or seven pounds, and was eventually able to be breastfed.

According to Guinness World Records, the boy was born in the city of Aversa, Italy, in September 1955.

"Boys are usually a little heavier than girls. Large parents generally have large babies, while small parents generally have small babies", the university stated.

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