Tokyo: The worlds smallest baby boy, born in October in Japan, weighing as much as an apple, is now set to go home. Ryusuke Sekiya was delivered through emergency Cesarean section, after 24 weeks and 5 days of pregnancy, as his mother experienced hypertension.
Weighing 258 grams (9.1 ounces), the baby was even lighter than the previous record holder, another Japanese boy who weighed 268 grams when he was born last year. That baby was discharged from a Tokyo hospital in February.
Ryusuke, born on October 1, 2018, measured 22 cm (8.66 inches) tall, and was kept in a neonatal intensive care unit. The medical staff used tubes to feed him; sometimes even using cotton swabs to apply his mothers milk to his mouth.
Nearly seven months later, the boy has grown 13 times in weight, now weighing over 3 kg. He will be discharged from Nagano Childrens Hospital over the weekend.
His mother said that when he was born, he was very small, and it appeared that he would break with a touch. She said that now he drinks milk and they can give him a bath. She was happy to see him growing.