The most premature baby in history
Nothing is impossible after all.
Courtney Stensrud, in San Antonio, Texas, USA in 2014, was forced to give birth prematurely because of a medical emergency.
Babies are normally born between 38-40 weeks of gestation. Anything sooner than this is called premature. According to the American Society of Pediatrics, the limit that a child may be born prematurely is 22 weeks of gestation. A 2003 study concluded that the percentage of children born at 23 weeks and able to survive until their first year is only 4.5%.
Courtney Stensrud, however, when she was forced to give birth to her daughter was 21 weeks and 4 days! That is, 5 months!
The baby's weight at birth was 425 grams when the normal birth weight of a normal baby is over 2.5 kilos!
This incident is now recorded as the "most premature baby in history".
Courtney Stensrud has asked that her daughter's name remains undisclosed, as well as a recent photo of her.
The little girl is now 3 years old and enjoys perfect health.
The case report has been published in the journal Pediatrics.
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