A baby born in Tokyo, who weighs the same as a big onion, has gone home healthy. The tiny fool weighed only 268 grams – less than 10 ounces – when he was delivered after 24 weeks, after he stopped growing in the womb.
He was so small that he fit into the cupped hands of an adult.
Keio University Hospital The boy is now set to hold the record for the smallest newborn boy who is discharged from a hospital in good health. The record was previously held by a boy born in Germany in 2009 weighing just 274 grams, citing a register compiled by the University of Iowa for the world's smallest surviving babies.
After five months of treatment, the boy now weighs just over 7 pounds, feeds normally and was discharged, Keio University Hospital said. He was released last week, two months after his original due date, the local media said.
"All I can say is that I'm happy that he has grown so tall, because honestly, I was not sure he could survive," he said.
BBC News indicates that the baby was born through an emergency section.
Doctor Takeshi Arimitsu, who was treating the infant, said he wanted to tell people that "there is a possibility that babies can leave the hospital in good health, even if they are born small."
The smallest surviving girl was born in Germany in 2015, weighing 252 grams (8.9 ounces), according to the University of Iowa.
The survival rate of the smallest babies is significantly lower in boys compared to girls. Experts are still not sure why, although it has suggested that this is partly due to the slower development of the lungs in male babies, Keio Hospital said.
According to UNICEF, Japan has one of the world's lowest infant mortality rates