One Of World's Smallest Babies Weights As Much As Chocolate Bar

Josephine Thompson

Journalist

Manushi was born 12 weeks early and weighed just 0.88lb (about 400 g), just like a big bar of Cadbury's chocolate. She was born in Rajasthan, India, and she's just 8.6 inches (21 cm) long, her foot no bigger than her father's thumbnail. Manushi is believed to be the smallest surviving baby to have ever been born in Asia. She was born not breathing, her skin paper-thin and her organs underdeveloped, but she was released from the hospital after a six month stay, weighting 5.2lbs (2.3 kg).

"She's just fought and fought and fought against all the odds, but she's made it," said her parents Seeta, 48, and father Giriraj, 50. Manusha had a 5% chance of developing without brain damage, but the doctors say that she appear intellectually normal. "When the baby was born, we were uncertain of what could happen," said one Dr. Janged.

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"She was struggling to breathe, so was immediately put on advanced respiratory support ventilator to expand her tiny, immature lungs. She could not be fed adequately due to immaturity of her gut. We had to start the baby on total parenteral nutrition, which basically means giving all the essential nutrients, such as amino acids, lipids, carbohydrates, minerals, multivitamins and trace elements, directly into blood circulation."

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