February 10, 2005

Smallest Surviving Baby Born in Illinois

Maywood, Il (AP) - A baby born weighing less than nine ounces and believed to be the smallest ever to survive went home Tuesday after nearly six months in the hospital.
Rumaisa Rahman's prognosis "is very good," and she is expected to have normal physical and mental development, said Dr. Jonathan Muraskas, who provided care for the tiny girl and her larger twin sister, Hiba, after their births Sept. 19 at Loyola University Medical Center outside Chicago.

Mohammed Abdul Rahman holds
his daughter, Rumaisa, believed to
be smallest baby ever to survive as
they prepare to leave the Loyola
University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill., on Tuesday.
{AP/Loyola University Health System, Oscar H. Izquierdo}

Rumaisa weighed 8.6 ounces at birth and measured just 9.5 inches long. She is now five pounds, eight ounces, and almost 17 inches long.
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