"It was the scariest day of my life": Mom of the world's tiniest baby shares her birth story

Miracles come in small packages.
Miracles come in small packages.

Born after only 23 weeks of gestation, baby Saybie (a pseudonym) had a 58% chance at survival and after spending five months at San Diego's Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns, she's now officially the world's tiniest surviving baby. 

"Baby Saybie has the lowest birth weight among the infants in the Tiniest Babies Registry," Dr Edward Bell of the University of Iowa told NPR

Saybie weighed less than 300 grams at birth, and according to her mom (who has chosen to remain anonymous), doctors had warned that her micro preemie might not survive her first hour of life. 


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"I just want her to know how strong she is" 

"It was the scariest day of my life," said the mom (watch the interview in the video above), explaining that complications due to preeclampsia were the reason for Saybie's dangerously early arrival. 

"They told me that I had preeclampsia, my blood pressure was very very high and they had to deliver her really quick. I kept telling them she's not going to survive... They told my husband that he had about an hour with her and that she was going to pass away." 

Sharp Mary Birch Hospital staff shared that Saybie's birth and eventual survival was overwhelming, and an absolute miracle. 

"I just want her to know how strong she is," said nurse Emma Wiest, noting that "if she can start off where she was and do [this] well there's nothing she can't do."

Saybie anonymous mom says she feels nothing but blessed. 

"I feel blessed, she is the smallest baby but she's mine." 

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