9 1/2 oz Preemie Defies Odds
For one family, it will be a merry Christmas and happy New Year. From American Vision News:
A baby born premature at 24 weeks weighing only 9 1/2 ounces has survived for weeks against the odds, and doctors are now optimistic enough to send her home by New Years.
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports, “At birth, Melinda Star Guido was so tiny she could fit into the palm of her doctor’s hand. Weighing just 9 1/2 ounces — less than a can of soda — she is among the smallest babies ever born in the world.”
While doctors warn that babies born this premature often experience developmental delays, many thrive and today are doing fine. USA Today reports of some previous cases: “One is a healthy first-grader, the other an honors college student majoring in psychology. Once the tiniest babies ever born, both girls are thriving, despite long odds when they entered the world weighing less than a pound.”
Pro-life advocates are pointing out the obvious: that even the tiniest of preemies should be considered persons, and these recent cases are proving the viability of that view. And if so out of the womb, why not in?