Kimberly Mueller Information
  

Kimberly Mueller
10.6 ounces (300g)

small babies (SGA) and Low birth weight (LBW)
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Kimberly - 10.6 ounces (300g) March 2007 - Germany

  
Kimberly Mueller, is the smallest baby ever born and the youngest survivor in Germany after she was born 15 weeks prematurely. Her chances of living were rated at worse than 1,000-1.
Kimberly Mueller 12 March 2007Kimberly Mueller 300g
Tiny Kimberly Mueller weighed just over 10 ounces when she was born on 12.March.2007. Her chances of living were rated at worse than 1,000-1 when she was born 15 weeks premature. She had to be born by Caesarean section because the blood supply via the umbilical cord was poor due to placenta failure and the heart started to get weaker. But Kimberly, who was just 10.2 inches (26cm) long, spent months on a life support system as doctors in Hanover, Germany fought to save her.

The tiny girl was kept in an incubator for warmth and drip-fed, while a respirator help her breathe.
She was also given a cocktail of drugs to boost an immune system that was barely formed.

"Babies as small as this usually have no chance," said Dr Oliver Moeller, a heart specialist who treated her. "We are incredibly lucky that she lived. Such a case I have never experienced. We had a lot of luck ... a lot."

Kimberly's mother Petra Mueller, 38, from Hanover, who remained at her daughter's bedside in intensive care at the University Clinic in Goettingen, was allowed only to stroke her with her finger.
"It was the nicest thing when she would grip my finger in her tiny hands," she recalled.
"She was like a little bear gripping a tree trunk, just hanging on for life as if she was saying
'Don't leave me, mummy'."

Kimberly at 6monthsAt three months, she faced a major setback, when doctors feared she could be blind. But laser treatment corrected the problem.

21 September 2007After six month's intensive care at the University Clinic in Goettingen, Kimberly had grown to weigh 5.5 pounds (2.5 kg) and measure 17 inches (43 cm), she was allowed to leave hospital and go to her Hanover home, living with daddy Andreas Mueller and mommy Petra Meuller.

During the next few weeks she continued to be fed artificially and still need to have oxygen as her lungs keep developing.



Premature babies in Germany
50,000 of about 800,000 babies born a year in Germany are born premature. These are newborns who come into the world before they have completed 37 weeks of pregnancy (Preterm). Approximately 8,000 of these children are very small premature babies under 30 weeks of pregnancy, and about 1,000 are extreme small premature babies of 24 and 25 weeks of pregnancy, these make great demands on the neonatal medical staff.

Frühgeborene in Deutschland
50.000 der ca. 800.000 jährlich in Deutschland geborenen Kinder sind Frühgeborene. Dies sind Neugeborene, die vor 37 vollendeten Schwangerschaftswochen (SSW) zur Welt kommen. Rund 8.000 dieser Kinder sind sehr kleine Frühgeborene unter 30 SSW, und ca. 1.000 sind extremst kleine Frühgeborene von 24 und 25 SSW, die große Anforderungen an die Neugeborenenmedizin stellen.
 
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Small babies - Low Birth Weight (LBW) or (SGA)

  
  • At full term, the average baby will be about 20 inches (51 cm) long and will weigh approximately 6 to 9 pounds (2700 to 4000 grams).

premature babySmall for gestational age (SGA) babies are those whose birth weight lies below the 10th percentile for that gestational age. Low birth weight (LBW), is sometimes used to define a baby that weighs less than 5 lb 8 oz (2500 g) regardless of gestational age. One third of babies born with a low birth weight are also small for gestational age.

Other definitions include Very Low Birth Weight (VLBW) which is less than 3 lb 5 oz (1500 g), and Extremely Low Birth Weight (ELBW) which is less than 2 lb 3 oz (1000 g).

About 10 percent of fetuses are low birth weight. A health care provider may suspect fetal growth restriction if the mother's uterus measurement (fundal height) is lower than expected. This can be confirmed with a series of ultrasounds that will monitor how quickly the fetus is growing.

The main causes for Low Birth Weight:
The two main causes of LBW are early delivery, also known as preterm birth, and poor fetal growth. About 70% of all LBW babies are born preterm - before 37 completed weeks of pregnancy. The remaining 30% of low birth weight babies are born at full term, but did not grow properly in the womb.
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Low Birth Weight (LBW) and (SGA)   ¦   High Birth Weight (HBW) and (LGA)


  
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Some of the world's lowest birth weight babies

  
Born weighing less than a can of soda
In the table below are some of the many Low Birth Weight babies born around the world. These tiny babies when born; many weeks premature, weighed less than a can of soda.

For more information on these tiny premature babies, some photos and updates, click on the name links in the table below.


Birth Weight
ounces  ¦   grams
Year
of Birth

Name

Place of Birth
Gestational
Age
8.4 oz 244 g 2004 Rumaisa (F) Chicago, IL,USA 25 weeks
9.1 oz 259 g 2009 Oliviyanna (F) Alabama, US 24 weeks
9.3 oz 265 g 2006 - (F) Tokyo, Japan 25 weeks
9.7 oz 275 g 2009 ''Tom Thumb'' (M) Göttingen, Germany 25 weeks
9.88 oz 280 g 1989 Madeline (F) Chicago ,IL,USA 26 weeks
10 oz 283 g 2006 Amillia (F) Miami, FL,USA 23 weeks
10 oz 283 g 1938 Marian (F) South Shields, UK 34 weeks
10 oz 285 g 2002 ''Perla'' (F) Florence, Italy 27 weeks
10.2 oz 289 g 1999 - (F) Tokyo, Japan 23 weeks
10.24 oz 290 g 2000 Sophia (F) Portland, OR,USA 25 weeks
10.26 oz 290 g 2001 - (F) Ulm, Germany 23 weeks
10.26 oz 290 g 2007 - (F) Houston, TX,USA 23 weeks
10.6 oz 300 g 2000 - (F) Holon, Israel 25 weeks
10.6 oz 300 g 2007 Kimberly (F) Göttingen, Germany 25 weeks
10.7 oz 303 g 2002 - (F) Landstuhl, Germany 26 weeks
10.8 oz 305 g 2004 Zoe Koz (F) Naperville, IL,USA 27 weeks
10.9 oz 310 g 2000 - (F) Evansville, IN,USA 26 weeks
11.7 oz 332 g 2004 - (M) Des Moines, IA,USA 26 weeks
12.5 oz 354 g 2007 Ruby Dunn (F) Bristol, UK 26 weeks
 
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