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World's tiniest baby



WONDER GIRL: Weighing a mere 243.80 grams when she was delivered at the Loyola University Medical Center at Maywood, Illinois, U.S., on September 19, Rumaisa Rahman is claimed to be the smallest baby to survive. Rumaisa and her twin sister, Hiba, who weighed 563 grams at birth, were born to India-born parents. — AP

Chicago: A premature infant believed to be the smallest baby ever to survive was called ``a great blessing'' by her mother, who is preparing to take the little girl and her twin sister home from the hospital. The baby, named Rumaisa, weighed 244 gm — less than a can of soda — when she was delivered by Caesarean section on Sept. 19 at Loyola University Medical Centre. That is 37 gm smaller than the previous record holder, who was born at the same the hospital in 1989. Rumaisa, her twin, Hiba, and their Indian-born parents were introduced at a news conference at the hospital. The girls were bundled in identical striped blankets. Their mother, Mahajabeen Shaik, said she didn't ``have the words to say how thankful I was'' when she first got to hold her children in their second month. ``It's a blessing, it's a great blessing,'' she said. Hospital officials said they are doing so well that Hiba, who weighed 563 gm at birth, could leave hospital by next week. Rumaisa follow as early as the first week of January. Rumaisa now weighs 1.18 kg. Her twin weighs 2.25 kg. ``They're maintaining their temperature; they don't need an incubator. They're taking their bottles,'' said a doctor. ``They're normal babies.'' Shaik, 23, developed pre-eclampsia, a disorder characterised by high blood pressure and other problems, during pregnancy.

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