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21 February 2007

Amazing prem baby to wait

Doctors want a premature baby who was born sooner than any other surviving infant to remain in a Miami hospital for a few more days, the Associated Press reported Tuesday.

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Doctors want a premature baby who was born sooner than any other surviving infant to remain in a Miami hospital for a few more days, the Associated Press reported Tuesday.

Earlier reports said Amillia Sonja Taylor was to be released after spending nearly four months hospitalised since her birth on October 24. A spokesman for Baptist Children's Hospital said she didn't know why doctors had changed their minds.

Taylor spent less time in her mother's womb than any infant on record who had survived, the AP reported. At birth, she weighed less than 10 ounces (283 grams) and was just 9 1/2 inches (23.1 centimetres) long.

Taylor was delivered less than 22 weeks after conception, and her doctors say she's the first baby to survive after fewer than 23 weeks gestation. Full-term births are normally 37 to 40 weeks, the wire service said.

Amillia has had a host of problems - ranging from a mild brain haemorrhage to digestion difficulties - although none are expected to affect her in the long-term, the AP said. – (HealthDayNews)

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