World’s smallest ever baby survives after being born weighing less than 1 lb

A baby born four months prematurely in Singapore in June 2020 has astounded the world with her fighting spirit.

When she was born, Kwek Yu Xuan was considered to have a slim chance of survival. But that’s what she did. She survived and in July 2021, Yu Xuan was able to go home. 

After spending 13 months in the hospital, the baby has turned from the lightest baby born in the world to a bouncing and happy little ray of sunshine to her parents. Yu Xuan was born weighing merely 7.5 ounces and was discharged and was now weighing 13.9 lbs.

She is thought to be the lightest infant ever delivered and was discharged safely at home. The current Guinness World Record is held by a 8.6-ounce American child born in 2018. The average weight of babies born after 40 weeks range from six to ten pounds.

“Against the odds, with health complications present at birth, she has inspired people around her with her perseverance and growth,” the hospital said in a statement on Facebook. They added, “”Our best wishes to Little Yu Xuan as she continues to grow, thrive and beat the odds every day.”

According to studies and previous records, the chances that a baby weighing less than 14.1 ounces is very uncommon. Children born before 28 weeks of gestation and weighing less than 1 kilogram have a 50-70 percent probability of survival.

The senior consultant of the National University Hospital, Zubair Amin, said that it was a difficult journey for Yu XUan. But as it was, the team, along with the donors and the larger community that contributed to the growth of the baby embodied the spirit of care and compassion.

No matter what challenges you have in your life today, remember to trust God. Isaiah 41:10 says:

“So do not fear, for I am with you;

    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.

I will strengthen you and help you;

    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

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