Preemie Born at 9 oz. Will Go Home on New Year’s Photo: countychannel / YouTube
Great news! Preemie baby Melinda Star Guido, who was born at 24 weeks in August, will be able to leave Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center and go home in a few weeks. Melinda weighed 9 1/2 ounces at birth and according to the Associated Press, she’s the second smallest baby to survive in the U.S. and third in the world. Right now, Melinda weighs 4 lbs, can breathe on her own and has healthy eyes, after being treated for an eye disorder a month after her birth.
Baby Melinda was delivered early because her mom, Haydee Ibarra, had high blood pressure during pregnancy and a problem with her placenta that stopped Melinda from getting oxygen, blood and nutrition.
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