December 11, 2011 – Palm-Sized Preemie Almost Ready to go Home
Baby Guido who was born at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center weighing just 9.5 ounces is one of the smallest surviving babies in the world. She has beaten the odds and experienced a miraculous journey of survival which is inspiring and gives hope to many other mothers with prematurely born babies.
“Melinda Star Guido was so tiny she could fit into the palm of her doctor’s hand…Melinda was born premature at 24 weeks over the summer and spent the early months cocooned in an incubator in a neonatal intensive care unit” She is being treated under the care of Dr Rangasamy Ramanathan and now weighs 4lbs, she is growing everyday and almost ready to go home. “The next challenge is learning to bottle feed before discharge. Ramanathan predicted at least another two-week stay, dashing her parents’ hopes of taking her home by Christmas” Regarding how Melinda’s premature birth will affect her future health, Dr Ramanathan said “it’s too early to know how Melinda will fare when she grows up.” Since she did not have major complications such as bleeding in the brain, he is holding onto hope.
Interestingly, the article mentions that female preemies have a higher rate of success…”Most tiny babies who survive tend to be female. That’s because female fetuses mature faster than males of the same gestational age. Having more developed lungs and other vital organs increases odds of survival.”
To read more about this story, click here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45682071/ns/health-childrens_health/#.T4zrS-lSTaQ