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Indian couple's preemie sets world record for smallest, surviving baby
AFP ^ | Wed, Dec 22, 2004

Posted on 12/22/2004 8:27:27 AM PST by Area Freeper

The world's tiniest surviving baby made her public debut at a US hospital, a wrinkled, but perfectly formed three-month-old who was the size of a cell phone at birth.

Rumaisa Rahman weighed in at just .24 kilos (8.6 ounces) when she was delivered September 19 -- 36 grams (1.3 ounces) lighter than the previous record holder.

Doctors said they waited to announce the record-setting birth of Rumaisa and her slightly larger twin until the newborns were nearly ready to leave the hospital, and until after it was clear they were healthy.

The infant was delivered 15 weeks before her due date by caesarian section at Loyola University Medical Center in suburban Chicago because doctors were concerned about the preemie's development.

Her mother Mahajabeen Shaik had been hospitalized early because she had developed severe pre-eclampsia, high blood pressure, which was affecting her health as well as Rumaisa's activity in the womb.

"We were a little surprised at just how small Rumaisa was, but pleased to see that she was vigorous and seemed to be getting a good start," said William MacMillan, the obstetrician who delivered the infant.

Rumaisa's fraternal twin sister, Hiba, tipped the scales at .56 kilos (1 pound 4 ounces).

Shaik, 23, and her husband, Mohammed Abdul Rahman, 32, both originally from Hyderabad, India, could not hold their daughters until their second month because the babies were hooked to drips and were inside incubators.

"I was very nervous when I saw the babies first because they were too tiny ... there were a lot of questions running in my mind," said Mohammed Rahman Tuesday, adding "I'm thankful to Allah that everything went fine."

The babies were conceived naturally, hospital officials said, and are the first children for the couple, who were married in India in January.

Rumaisa, whose name means "white as milk" in India, now weighs about 1.19 kilos (2 pounds, 10 ounces).

Studies suggest she will develop normally, according to Jonathan Muraskas, professor of pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine at Loyola University Chicago's Stritch School of Medicine.

Ultrasounds have shown that Rumaisa's head is normal and there is no bleeding in her brain, a common complication that can put a baby at risk for cerebral palsy.

Both girls underwent laser surgery to correct vision problems that are common in premature babies.

Doctors say they are doing well, taking all their feedings by bottle and receiving some minimal oxygen to help with respiratory functions because their lungs have not completely matured.

Hiba may be discharged from the hospital by Christmas, hospital officials say. Rumaisa may go home the first week in January.

The previous record holder for the world's smallest baby was held by Madeline Mann who was born in 1989 -- also at Loyola medical center.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News
KEYWORDS: preemies

Rumaisa Rahman (R) is held next to her fraternal twin sister Hiba by a nurse as they are introduced to the press at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois. Rumaisa, born 19 September 2004 at 244 gram (8.6 ounces), is the smallest known surviving baby.(AFP/Getty Images/Scott Olson)

1 posted on 12/22/2004 8:27:29 AM PST by Area Freeper
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To: Area Freeper

ahhhhhh



bump!!!!


2 posted on 12/22/2004 8:29:37 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Area Freeper
This is impossible. When did they become "persons" or "babies"?

Cordially,

3 posted on 12/22/2004 8:30:30 AM PST by Diamond
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To: Area Freeper
If nothing else, shouldn't we at least have a discussion about abortion after the 24th week here in this country?

Sheesh

God Bless these little girls.

tSG
4 posted on 12/22/2004 8:31:23 AM PST by alkaloid2 (Your favorite site is now www.theSuperGenius.com! You are commanded!)
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To: alkaloid2

>>>If nothing else, shouldn't we at least have a discussion about abortion after the 24th week here in this country?

It is a valuable market (satan style)


The market value for aborted human (fetal) remains.



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5 posted on 12/22/2004 8:33:45 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: alkaloid2

ITS GREAT STORY~ i dont see how anyone can look at those two precious babies and still think to themselves.. "well its my choice what i want to with my body..and that choice is to kill them"


6 posted on 12/22/2004 8:35:16 AM PST by beansox
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To: alkaloid2; Calpernia; Diamond

7 posted on 12/22/2004 8:37:15 AM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does)
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To: Area Freeper
Wow....I didn't realize she was one of twins! That makes both of them record-setters in my book.

I was also unaware that docs would perform laser surgery on eyes this early. Amazing what can be done.

8 posted on 12/22/2004 8:37:57 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: presidio9

OMG, she is soooo tiny!

I bet that mother is nervous!

Newborn's are intimidating enough. They seem so fragile.


9 posted on 12/22/2004 8:41:28 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: beansox

Blind rage, blind ignorance, all tools of the devil, and for good reason...

tSG


10 posted on 12/22/2004 8:42:34 AM PST by alkaloid2 (Your favorite site is now www.theSuperGenius.com! You are commanded!)
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To: presidio9

These little ones were born 1/10th of the weight of my full term twins. I thought mine were small, but the one baby didn't even fill up a palm at birth. Amazing, and they are doing relatively well now.

BTW, I finally convinced one of my coworkers against abortion when he went with his wife for the ultrasound for his first. "Isn't that a cute litle person?" is what I said as we looked at the pics from 22 weeks.


11 posted on 12/22/2004 8:42:41 AM PST by Fierce Allegiance (Stay safe in the "sandbox" Greg!)
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To: Area Freeper
The infant was delivered 15 weeks before her due date

Normal gestation is 40 weeks, which has these little ones being born at 25 weeks.

Awfully cute little fetuses....

12 posted on 12/22/2004 8:44:37 AM PST by r9etb
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To: Calpernia

Can you site the source for this list? (I would like to keep it on file for debates with collegues) :)


13 posted on 12/22/2004 8:45:20 AM PST by najida (Well lookee here! Cute shoes, chocolate and my own remote control.)
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To: Calpernia

I know. Her leg is shorter than the nurse's middle finger.


14 posted on 12/22/2004 8:45:37 AM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does)
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To: Fierce Allegiance

Our twins weighed 2.7 and 3.7 lbs and I thought they were small. No comparison here. (they are now 31).


16 posted on 12/22/2004 8:54:02 AM PST by phil1750 (Love like you've never been hurt;Dance like nobody's watching;PRAY like it's your last prayer)
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To: phil1750

Mine were 7 lbs,11oz and 8 lb 2 oz. Huge in comparison.They are now 8.

I think having twins is easier and better in most ways to having singles, not that there is a lot of choice in the matter. I also have 2 singles, all 4 of my kids are female.


17 posted on 12/22/2004 8:57:30 AM PST by Fierce Allegiance (Stay safe in the "sandbox" Greg!)
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To: Calpernia

Can you cite an objective source for that price list? I know some people I'd like pass it along to....it'll ruin their day, lol!


18 posted on 12/22/2004 8:59:32 AM PST by Ignatz (Strategic Air Command: Peace is our profession...........bombing's just a hobby!)
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To: r9etb

All fetuses are beautiful.


19 posted on 12/22/2004 9:00:55 AM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does)
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To: Fierce Allegiance

Our last tipped the other side of the scale at 12lb. 7 oz.

I give my wife absolutely all the credit. All natural, no drugs, lots of pain.


20 posted on 12/22/2004 9:01:56 AM PST by cyclotic (Cub Scouts-Teach 'em young to be men, and politically incorrect in the process)
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To: presidio9

Yes, indeed they are. Indescribably precious.


21 posted on 12/22/2004 9:02:54 AM PST by r9etb
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To: najida; Calpernia

Bumping to look up when I'm back.

::going to pick up my kids::


22 posted on 12/22/2004 9:03:48 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Ignatz

bump for return


23 posted on 12/22/2004 9:04:28 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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ON THE NET....

Search for Human Remains Pricing

24 posted on 12/22/2004 9:06:30 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Area Freeper

My wife cares for premies like these and when I see pictures of them, I am reminded of what an angel she is. The technology and modern medical techniques are simply amazing.


25 posted on 12/22/2004 9:20:07 AM PST by Owl558 (Don't tread on me!)
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To: Area Freeper

These children are of Arab descent. Do you think this story will make it too the Middle Eastern Press? Yeah me neither, doesn't help with out with all that great satan propaganda.


26 posted on 12/22/2004 9:28:29 AM PST by vpintheak (Liberal = The antithesis of Freedom and Patriotism)
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To: vpintheak

Not all Muslims are arabs.


27 posted on 12/22/2004 9:30:57 AM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does)
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To: vpintheak

These kids are Indian by birth(Parents are from Hyderabad in South India).India has over 138 million Muslims & most of them are far more better behaved than their cousins in the M.E or Pakistan.Heck,India's current President & father of it's missile programme is a Muslim.


28 posted on 12/22/2004 10:19:47 AM PST by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki

My bad


29 posted on 12/22/2004 10:28:22 AM PST by vpintheak (Liberal = The antithesis of Freedom and Patriotism)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

There are many chritians and Hindus in India as well.


30 posted on 12/22/2004 10:51:56 AM PST by todd1
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To: todd1

About 830million Hindus & over 25 million Christians.


31 posted on 12/22/2004 10:54:19 AM PST by sukhoi-30mki
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To: Ignatz; najida
Some more information about my Human Body Parts Post:

Harvesting Fetal Body Parts

32 posted on 12/22/2004 11:46:50 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Calpernia

Thank you!


33 posted on 12/22/2004 11:51:27 AM PST by najida (Well lookee here! Cute shoes, chocolate and my own remote control.)
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To: najida

Guys, please remember, these are Indian people.... nothing in common with Arabs except for complexion.


34 posted on 12/22/2004 2:41:09 PM PST by invincible
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To: Area Freeper

Indian?

The names sound Arab Islamic. Mother dresses like an Islamic.


35 posted on 12/22/2004 3:49:30 PM PST by mlmr (Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! Merry Chri)
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To: mlmr

They are Muslim, which is a minority in India, but Indian Muslims are not ethnically Arab.... they were mostly Hindus who converted.

The Muslim population in India tends to be very peaceful, not like what u see in the Mid East. Indian people in general are pro West, pro freedom.


36 posted on 12/22/2004 6:47:07 PM PST by invincible
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To: mlmr

Hmm,Muslims everywhere(& this also applies to Christians to an extent) use the same names & a large number of them adopt the Hijab.This is seen as far India,Malaysia & Indonesia.


37 posted on 12/22/2004 6:58:02 PM PST by sukhoi-30mki
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To: mlmr; invincible; todd1

Please remember that names are a gift from our parents. My Christian name is Matthew. It has Jewish origins. Mattew is th ptron sain of bankers. I have no love of Islam, but not all Muslims are bad people. These beautiful babies are a Testament.


38 posted on 12/22/2004 10:50:02 PM PST by Area Freeper (From John Kerry, they get a "yes/no/maybe" bowl of mush that can only encourage our enemies)
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To: Area Freeper

I was not criticizing these babies or the parents.


39 posted on 12/23/2004 5:47:49 AM PST by todd1
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To: todd1

I see now that you weren't. Sorry. Merry Christmas!


40 posted on 12/23/2004 11:08:51 AM PST by Area Freeper (From John Kerry, they get a "yes/no/maybe" bowl of mush that can only encourage our enemies)
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To: Area Freeper

Not a problem... Merry Christmas to you as well... (o:


41 posted on 12/23/2004 11:40:21 AM PST by todd1
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