21 Jan '12, 8am

Third smallest baby to survive leaves US hospital

Third smallest baby to survive leaves US hospital

Melinda Star Guido, one of the smallest surviving babies born according to the Global Birth Registry, is pictured as she was discharged from the LA County-USC Medical Centre in Los Angeles, Jan 20, 2012. Ms Guido was born on Aug 30, 2011 at 24 weeks and weighed 0.26kg at birth. -- PHOTO: REUTERS LOS ANGELES (AFP) - A baby believed to be the third smallest birth-weight infant ever to survive left hospital in Los Angeles on Friday, doctors and the proud parents said. Melinda Star Guido was born in August 2011. She was 16 weeks early, weighing only 270g - less than a can of soda or the same as two iPhones - and has spent nearly five months in a neonatal intensive care unit. 'I am so excited to finally have my baby come home,' said her mother Haydee Ibarra, 22. 'We have waited almost five months for this moment. It is so wonderful and we are ready to bring Melinda home.' She i...

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