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World's smallest baby boy born weighing just 268g goes home


A baby boy weighing just 268 grams at birth has been allowed to go home months after being born.

The little boy is believed to be the smallest surviving male baby in the world, according to Keio University Hospital in Tokyo.

He was born through Caesarean section last August after he failed to gain weight during the pregnancy and doctors feared his life was in danger.

A baby boy weighing 268 grams at birth has been allowed to go home from Keio University Hospital in Tokyo months after he was born. Source: Reuters
A baby boy weighing 268 grams at birth has been allowed to go home from Keio University Hospital in Tokyo months after he was born. Source: Reuters

Dr Takeshi Arimistu, of the university’s School of Medicine, said the boy was in intensive care until his weight reached 3.2 kilograms and he was discharged on February 20.

“I am grateful that he has grown this big because, honestly, I wasn’t sure he could survive,” the boy’s mother told Reuters.

The boy was in intensive care until his weight reached 3.2 kilograms and he was discharged on February 20. Source: Reuters
The boy was in intensive care until his weight reached 3.2 kilograms and he was discharged on February 20. Source: Reuters

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.

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The hospital said he is believed to be the smallest surviving male baby in the world. Source: Reuters
The hospital said he is believed to be the smallest surviving male baby in the world. Source: Reuters