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World's third smallest baby could go home by New Year's

December 15, 2011 |  9:03 am

Third smallest baby
When Melinda Star Guido was born Aug. 30, she weighed 270 grams, just over half a pound. Born 16 weeks early, she was the third smallest baby in the world by gestational age and weight.

Doctors were concerned she would not survive, but she now weighs four pounds, and staff at Los Angeles County USC Medical Center are hoping to send her home by New Year's Day, KTLA-TV reported.

Melinda was delivered by Caesarean section at 24 weeks after a problem developed with the placenta. She spent the first months of her life inside an incubator.

The baby's parents and doctors said she fought for her life, defying the odds. The neonatal intensive care unit at County-USC and their partner organizations will follow Melinda over the next six years to monitor her health.

Los Angeles County profiled the child in a YouTube video.


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Photo: Melinda Star Guido. Credit: KTLA-TV