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The most premature baby goes home
Tue, 26 Apr 2011 13:08:41 GMT
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Baby Freida, pictured at five months
The world's most premature surviving infant born after being only 21 weeks and five days in the womb leaves hospital after 5 months of intensive care.

The baby girl Frieda was born on November 7, 2010, at Fulda Children's Hospital in Germany. She weighed just 450 grams and measured almost 28 centimeters.

Doctors allowed Frieda to leave hospital, after more than five months of being hospitalized, and to spend Easter with her parents Yvonne Mangold, 33, and her husband John, 38.

Sadly her twin brother Kilian died six weeks after birth due to heart and intestinal problems. Frieda's parents told the Fulder newspaper, “We are overjoyed. But the happiness feels strange as we are sad at the same time. Kilian is in our thoughts every day.”

The survived twin, who weighed 3.5 Kilograms and was almost 51 centimeters heigh at the time of discharge, is reported to be in a good health condition.

"Frieda was kept in a completely sterile environment, with her breathing assisted and fed through her navel...there is no foreseeable risk of aftereffects for the moment," said the clinic's chief doctor, Reinald Repp.

While describing the infant's survival as a “medical miracle”, the doctor believes that there would be “no indication that she will not be healthy.”

Frieda is known to be the most premature baby in Europe that has survived. However, the German baby shares the world record with James Elgin Gill who was also born 128 days early in Ottawa, Canada in 1987.

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