Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

World's Tiniest Baby Doing Well in Chicago
Yahoo! News ^ | DON BABWIN, Associated Press

Posted on 12/21/2004 1:36:31 PM PST by Tarpaulin

CHICAGO - A premature infant believed to be the smallest baby ever to survive was called "a great blessing" Tuesday by her mother, who is preparing to take the little girl and her twin sister home from the hospital.

The baby, named Rumaisa, weighed 8.6 ounces when she was delivered Sept. 19 at Loyola University Medical Center — less than a can of soda. That is 1.3 ounces smaller than the previous record holder, who was born at the same the hospital in 1989, according to hospital spokeswoman Sandra Martinez.

Rumaisa, her twin sister, Hiba, and their parents were introduced Tuesday at a news conference at the hospital in suburban Maywood. The girls were wrapped in identical striped blankets.

Their mother, Mahajabeen Shaik, said she didn't "have the words to say how thankful I was" when she first got to hold her children, in their second month.

"It's a blessing, it's a great blessing," said Shaik.

Hospital officials said they're doing so well that Hiba, who weighed 1 pound and 4 ounces at birth, could be released from the hospital by the end of this month, with Rumaisa following as early as the first week of January.

"They're maintaining their temperature, they don't need an incubator. They're taking their bottles. ... They're normal babies," said Dr. William MacMillan.

Rumaisa now weighs 2 pounds and 10 ounces. Her twin weighs 5 pounds.

Shaik, 23, developed pre-eclampsia, a disorder characterized by high blood pressure and other problems, during pregnancy. The condition affected Rumaisa in the womb and her mother's health, prompting a Caesarean section at 25 weeks and 6 days. Normal gestation is 40 weeks.

Shaik and her husband, Mohammed Abdul Rahman, 32, said they are looking forward to bringing their children home. The couple, originally from Hyderabad, India, live in the suburb of Hanover Park.

"We want them to be good human beings, good citizens, and she wants them to be doctors," said Rahman, looking at his wife.

"Doctors. Yes, of course, of course," she said, laughing.

Both girls underwent laser surgery to correct vision problems common in premature babies, said MacMillan. Tests have shown that there is no bleeding in Rumaisa's brain, another common complication in premature infants that can put them at risk for cerebral palsy.

Madeline Mann, the previous record holder as smallest known surviving preemie, returned to Loyola Hospital earlier this year for a celebration. Now 15, she was described as a lively honor student, though small for her age, at 4-feet-7.

According to the hospital, more than 1,700 newborns weighing less than two pounds have been cared for there in the past 20 years.


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: preemies

1 posted on 12/21/2004 1:36:31 PM PST by Tarpaulin
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Tarpaulin

Whoa it`s a feetus.


2 posted on 12/21/2004 1:38:31 PM PST by Imaverygooddriver (I`m a very good driver and I approve this message.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tarpaulin

... and how can pro choice people say that this baby is not alive?!


3 posted on 12/21/2004 1:39:15 PM PST by nikola
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nikola

Exactly!


4 posted on 12/21/2004 1:39:59 PM PST by Tarpaulin (Look it up.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Tarpaulin

Their doctor was interviewed on TV..he said.. ( paraphrasing)..that "they ( the staff) didn't do anything special. It was a miracle.."


5 posted on 12/21/2004 1:40:14 PM PST by ken5050 (Ann Coulter needs to have children ASAP to propagate her gene pool. Any volunteers?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tarpaulin

That has to be a record. My neice weighed 1lb. 10oz. She is now blind in one eye and has cerebal palsy, they say was caused from the light that was used in the 70's to treat preemies.


6 posted on 12/21/2004 1:44:36 PM PST by debboo (Stop socialism, vote conservative)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Imaverygooddriver

I wonder if liberals think this baby is small enough to abort. I'd be willing to bet that they would use a bass guage to determine it, if we let them.


7 posted on 12/21/2004 1:50:53 PM PST by mlbford2 ("Never wrestle with a pig; you can't win, you just get filthy, and the pig loves it...")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: nikola

No, it is alive because its out of the womb and we can see it. If I can't see it, and its in the woman's body, I can kill it.... /sarcasm


8 posted on 12/21/2004 1:53:39 PM PST by mike182d
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: mlbford2

So when is a baby a fetus? And when is a fetus a baby? Is this a question to ask the libs?


9 posted on 12/21/2004 1:54:24 PM PST by Podkayne
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: All; biblewonk
The baby, named Rumaisa, weighed 8.6 ounces

Just WOW.

10 posted on 12/21/2004 1:56:27 PM PST by newgeezer (fundamentalist, regarding the Constitution AND the Holy Bible, i.e. words mean things!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tarpaulin
My paternal grandmother's third baby, born on a farm, in 1908.

No phone, no doctors, no midwife available.

The baby girl was so small, she fit completely in the palm of my grandmother's hand.

She kept the baby alive near the fireplace.

Sat by her side all day and night.

Grandmother's wedding ring made a bracelet for the baby. (My grandmother was a small lady.)

Fed her with an eyedropper, about every half hour.

The baby was nick named "Tiny," lived and grew into a lovely woman with two daughters of her own.

11 posted on 12/21/2004 1:56:39 PM PST by the Deejay (MERRY, MERRY, CHRISTMAS!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tarpaulin; biblewonk
Rumaisa, her twin sister, Hiba, ... Their mother, Mahajabeen Shaik, ... and her husband, Mohammed Abdul Rahman

"Allah" bin beddy, beddy good to dem, no?

12 posted on 12/21/2004 1:58:51 PM PST by newgeezer (fundamentalist, regarding the Constitution AND the Holy Bible, i.e. words mean things!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: the Deejay; All

Wow, I'm amazed when a baby that tiny survives NOW, let alone the early 1900's... and without any medical intervention. That's a really cool story. Thanks!
Merry Christmas.


13 posted on 12/21/2004 2:15:04 PM PST by SoKatt
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Tarpaulin

Yet people like Nancy Pelosi want abortion on demand up until labor. Sickening. Says alot about the people of San Francisco.


14 posted on 12/21/2004 2:16:31 PM PST by rudypoot
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: the Deejay
My paternal grandmother's third baby, born on a farm, in 1908. No phone, no doctors, no midwife available. The baby girl was so small, she fit completely in the palm of my grandmother's hand. She kept the baby alive near the fireplace. Sat by her side all day and night. Grandmother's wedding ring made a bracelet for the baby. (My grandmother was a small lady.) Fed her with an eyedropper, about every half hour. The baby was nick named "Tiny," lived and grew into a lovely woman with two daughters of her own.

Good story, well told.

15 posted on 12/21/2004 2:16:33 PM PST by Giant Conservative
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Podkayne

the media is still calling the baby cut out of that woman's womb in Missouri a fetus. Even though it has clearly been a baby for several days now.


16 posted on 12/21/2004 2:17:44 PM PST by james_f_hall
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Tarpaulin

One twin weighed 8.6 oz and the other weighed 20 oz at birth. I suspect the smaller twin survived at that weight because she was farther along developmentally than most 8 oz babies. There may have been a circulation problem between the twins, with one getting more at the expense of the other.


17 posted on 12/21/2004 2:46:28 PM PST by knuthom
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: msdrby

ping


18 posted on 12/21/2004 2:49:37 PM PST by Professional Engineer (Royal Sage of the Castle Sparksalot)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Comment #19 Removed by Moderator

To: james_f_hall
The media is still calling the baby cut out of that woman's womb in Missouri a fetus. Even though it has clearly been a baby for several days now.

It was a baby when it was in the womb, and it's still a baby now. The only difference is the baby's environment has changed. I get so sick of hearing the MSM talk about a growing fetus as it's nothing more than organ tissue.

Any woman who has carried a baby to term knows what's growing inside her. Any man who has ever put his hand on a pregnant woman's tummy and felt the baby kick has to know it's a person in there. When was the last time you felt your liver kick?

20 posted on 12/21/2004 2:53:17 PM PST by highimpact (The only way to defeat terrorism is to annihilate the terrorists)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: knuthom

That's what I was thinking: a case of twin to twin transfer.


21 posted on 12/21/2004 2:54:45 PM PST by eccentric (aka baldwidow)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: Guenevere

tiny newborn ping


22 posted on 12/21/2004 2:55:03 PM PST by prairiebreeze (It's my right to publically celebrate Christmas and state my faith in Christ. At least for now.....)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: highimpact
When was the last time you felt your liver kick?

Well, I used to know this bar that stayed open all night...

23 posted on 12/21/2004 3:14:28 PM PST by MarineBrat (The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: SoKatt; Giant Conservative
Yes, my grandmother was a very remarkable lady.

She endured & came through many hardships during her lifetime & never complained.

I wish there were more people like her today, with her type of stamina, love & kindness.

(I keep her portrait, framed, next to my pc. She died in 1954 & would have been totally "awed" with computers.)

24 posted on 12/21/2004 3:50:18 PM PST by the Deejay (MERRY, MERRY, CHRISTMAS!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: prairiebreeze; All
Thank-you prairie!

I have my own Christmas miracle....

...my first grandchild was born recently very early due to preeclampsia in my daughter.

...She's healthy, strong and gaining weight well.

Didn't need an incubator or help with her lungs.

Miracles still happen....and this child, though small, is perfectly intact.....by God's grace.

25 posted on 12/21/2004 4:27:56 PM PST by Guenevere
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: Guenevere

That they do.


26 posted on 12/21/2004 5:10:13 PM PST by prairiebreeze (It's my right to publically celebrate Christmas and state my faith in Christ. At least for now.....)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: Texas Termite
New Girlfriend for you, Termite? LOLOL

Hugs and Christmas kisses for you.....

-Auntie Maigrey

27 posted on 12/21/2004 6:19:38 PM PST by willieroe
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mlbford2

Believe it or not, when I was around 14 I use to volunteer in a hospital part time on weekends cleaning up rooms, taking out the garbage, feeding the patients and one day I walked into one semi-operating room to clean up and this one freggin` Doctor had a recently aborted kid that same exact size of that one in the picture above laying on the table. He was measuring it while talking into a tape recorder and it totally freaked me out. The kid looked like broken puppet or something and I asked him if that was a real baby and he told me it was, the mother didn`t want it and almost puked. You could tell the kid had busted bones and was all messed up from being yanked out. That was in the late `70`s before all the anti-abortion stuff started getting more publicity, so I guess abortiong a kid that late term was no big deal. Just like a dead rat he had him on the table and for years I couldn`t stop thinking about it, I kept thinking about my little brother and that could have been him if my mother decided to do the same thing . I felt like it was murder, and it pretty much was wasn`t it? Legalized murder. That kid would have been in his mid 20`s by now. I wonder if his mother ever thinks of him today.


28 posted on 12/21/2004 8:06:17 PM PST by Imaverygooddriver (I`m a very good driver and I approve this message.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: willieroe

Isn't that just simply amazing? There's something so very special about little baby girls.

A very Merry Christmas and the best of New Year's to come for you too Auntie Maigrey. Did you change your name???

Hugs .... big ones!

*TT*, Beth & Nana


29 posted on 12/22/2004 3:29:30 AM PST by Texas Termite (Thank God from Whom all blessings flow.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: ken5050

The doctor also said this was the work of a Higher Power.


30 posted on 12/22/2004 3:33:36 AM PST by Samwise (This day does not belong to one man but to all. --Aragorn)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Imaverygooddriver

#28..Unless her conscience is seared....you can probably count on it.


31 posted on 12/22/2004 5:46:43 AM PST by Guenevere
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson