Ruby Dunn Information

Ruby Angel Dunn
12.5 ounces (354g)

small babies (SGA) and Low birth weight (LBW)
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Little Ruby, born 12.5 ounces (354g) at 26 weeks

Ruby Dunn 12.5ozRuby Angel Dunn was born February 03, 2006 and was only 7 inches (18 cm) long, doctors never believed she could survive. Her tiny arm was thinner than her mother's little finger.

Ruby, whose weight dropped to just 10.5oz (300g) soon after birth, was cared for at Southmead neonatal unit, Bristol, where she was fed just a couple of drops of breast Ruby Dunn Feb.3,2006milk every day.

Ruby had 15 blood transfusions, battled with an infection and repeatedly stopped breathing. Four months on, this baby girl has defied the odds and astounded medics with her progress. Tests at Southmead Hospital in Bristol where she was born show that Ruby is in perfect health.

Kerry and Craig's first child Ruby, left hospital at just over 4 months, she still only weighed 3lb 13oz (1730g) - much smaller than the average newborn baby.

One of Britain's tiniest babies, seen here Saturday Feb. 3, 2007 [ below ] at one year old, weight, nearly 11 pounds (4.9kg). Born 14 weeks premature at just 12.5oz (354g), doctors feared that Ruby Angel Dunn would not survive.Ruby 1 year old

Mother Kerry, 41 and Father Craig, 38 said: "Ruby's first birthday is a day we thought we would never have. We are delighted. She is now such a healthy, happy baby."

Every year the neonatal intensive care unit at Southmead Hospital cares for more than 500 babies born either too small or too sick to cope on their own.

Alex Franks, London, born in February 1999 at 22 weeks, and weighing just 1lb 1oz (about 480g), she is thought to be the most premature baby to survive in the UK.

Premature births in UK

  • Premature birth is defined as birth before 37 weeks of pregnancy.
  • About 60,000 births, out of 700,000 in the UK each year, are premature births.
  • About 160 premature babies are born each day in the UK. - about 1 in 11
  • The UK baby, Aaliyah Hart, born in Birmingham on May 27, 2003, weighed just 12oz.
  • Alex Franks, born in 1999 at 22 weeks, and weighing just 1lb 1oz, she is thought to be the most premature baby to survive in the UK.
  • 50 per cent of premature babies suffer health problems.


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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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
of Birth


Place of Birth
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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