One Of World’s Smallest Babies Ever Born Scheduled To Go Home By New Year’s

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melinda star guido, premature babyPremature babies may have the odds stacked against them, but that doesn’t mean that they still can’t grow up to accomplish great things. Madeline Mann, born prematurely in 1989, weighed only 9.9 ounces at birth. But the 22-year-old is now finishing up her senior year as an honors student studying psychology. The parents of Melinda Star Guido surely hope for such a future for their little girl, who was born weighing only 9 1/2 ounces.

Melinda was born this past August at a mere 24 weeks via emergency c-section. She has since spent her autumn encased in an incubator in Los Angeles. Her 22-year-old mother, Haydee Ibarra, reportedly spent nearly every evening by her side . Haydee had very high blood pressure during her pregnancy and she was also told by doctors that her placenta had failed to develop her baby properly. The fetus had not received a sufficient amount of nutrition, blood, and oxygen during gestation. Haydee had previously suffered a stillbirth and was willing to do absolutely anything to save her daughter.

Dr. Rangasamy Ramanathan tells msnbc that he and his team were certain that the infant wasn’t going to survive. He told Melinda’s parents that babies born this prematurely usually suffer from a variety of developmental problems, including deafness, blindness, and even cerebral palsy.

Her mother was able to hold her only once about a month after she was born — describing her skin as “plastic” because of how thin it appeared. Msnbc reports that Melinda was treated for an eye disorder shortly after she was born, and later went into surgery in November to close an artery that did not seal up after her birth.

Baby Melinda now weighs four pounds and doctors are still uncertain what her possible impairments might be when she is older. She can now breathe on her own but is still learning how to feed with a bottle.

She’s in her last stretch of her hospital stay as her parents unfortunately will not have her home in time for Christmas. But come 2012, Melinda will finally come home.



  1. courtney

    January 6, 2012 at 10:23 am

    wow tiny baby

  2. Nans

    January 21, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    And people abort babies that older than this. What’s wrong with this country?

    • Mew

      April 11, 2012 at 9:41 pm

      Rarely, and when they do it’s usually because they have no choice. Most places won’t perform an abortion after the first trimester. Some places won’t do it any later than 12 weeks.

      Though, there is nothing wrong with this country because of abortions. Women have the freedom to decide if they want to continue a pregnancy. Nobody is forced into it against their will like in some places.

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  4. April

    April 12, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    my son was born at 26 weeks n he only weighed 2 lbs 7 oz…i thought he was tiny!! but he had the same heart surgery as this tiny baby…the memories that this story brings back…all the sleepless nights n the NICU stay n the dr actually told me he would not make it out of the NICU to not worry about getting him a crib or anything…anything is possible in babies, they put up a fight to live their lives and no one or nothing will stop them from living!! when my son was in the NICU there was a baby girl born in there she only weighed 13 oz. she was born the day before my son n she waasn’t due til i was. they were born feb 5th (the lil girl) n my son was the 6th we were both due on mothers day, my son made it home for mothers day the lil girl made it home by fathers day…babies are a miracle…my prayers are with this family every step of the way, i know what its like all to well to be in the NICU and be told that your child wont survive.

  5. Marisol

    May 4, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    I totally understand what this family is going through knowing that I have been through the same thing. My daughter was born at 26 weeks and only weighed 1 lb 14 ounces. She was dead when I delivered her but somehow they managed to revive her. SHe is a true blessign and any other baby that is born premature. My heart goes out to this famil and I send nothing but hugs and prayers to them!

  6. emzyloo

    May 18, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    i hope this baby will be alright and survives and lives a long and happy life, poor baby and poor parents they must be going thro hell! and to reply to mew, my friend got forced into abortion in Britain because the father of the baby was of a religion that wouldnt condone him having a child with a white girl, and he said either him or his family would kill the child if she went thro with the pregnancy, she was 23 weeks, she took a pill to burn the babys skin, (which WOULD hurt, i hate hearing ignorant people saying well theyre only an embryo or a fetus they cant feel) and then once swallowed the baby dies, (but not in all cases, some are still born alive 🙁 ) she had to give birth and she wasnt allowed to see her baby, they just tossed it into the waste bin!! so i wouldnt blame any country, its the world! not all abortions are womens choices, its messed up, but little miracles like this little baby keep this world living with hope and joy!

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