worlds smallest surviving preemie

All expectant mothers have only one wish – to deliver their babies to full term.

Of course, no matter how positive an expecting mother is, sometimes things don’t go as planned, like in the case of a little girl called Saybie.

When Saybie’s mom, who wishes to remain anonymous, was pregnant, she started experiencing some complications that led to an emergency cesarian section at just 23 weeks and three days.


Saybie was born prematurely and weighed only as much as an apple, making her the world’s smallest preemie that survived all the odds stacked against her.

Saybie’s mom was quite skeptical and thought her little girl wouldn’t make it since she was born at 23 weeks at the Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns, in San Diego, California.


Like all mothers, soon after birth, mom wanted to hold Saybie for as long as she possibly could, but the doctors and nurses told her and her husband that they only had an hour to spend with their daughter before she was taken away to the neonatal intensive care unit.

Month after month, Saybie grew and hit all the milestones a healthy baby should, leaving everyone, especially her mother, in disbelief!

Five months after birth, Saybie was fit to go home, and after weighing five pounds she left the NICU bidding goodbye to all the doctors and nurses who helped her through her journey.


Dr. Edward Bell of the University of Iowa, who manages the Tiniest Babies Registry, claimed that Saybie was the title holder for the world’s smallest surviving preemie!

That being said, however, one cannot possibly rule out smaller infants who were born at or less than 23 weeks but have not been recorded in the registry.

Check out this video where the nurses express their love for little Saybie!

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