After spending months at a Tokyo hospital, the world’s smallest baby boy can finally go home, Reuters reports.
A baby boy in Japan believed to be the smallest baby boy in the world has been cleared to go home for the first time since birth.
Born weighing merely 268 grams, doctors feared that the unnamed boy’s life was in danger and put him under intensive care.
The boy was born through a C-section last August, at only 24 weeks of gestation, after having failed to gain weight during pregnancy.
He was finally released from the hospital on February 20, weighing 3.2 kilograms, according to Keio University hospital.
“I am grateful that he has grown this big because, honestly, I wasn’t sure he could survive,” the boy’s mother told Reuters.
The record for the world’s smallest male infant was held by a German born weighing 274 grams in 2009, according to the Tiniest Babies registry managed by the University of Iowa.
The registry also claims that the world’s smallest female infant was also born in Germany, weighing 252 grams, in 2015.