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Thursday, 06 May 2021 12:55 GMT

Baby weighing 250g born in Abu Dhabi


(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) A baby weighing just 250g -- believed to be one of the tiniest on record to survive premature birth -- was recently born in a hospital in Abu Dhabi.

Latifa was so small that she could "fit in the palm of the hands of her care team", said one of her doctors.

Born at NMC Royal Hospital after just 23 weeks and one day of pregnancy, doctors said her weight was no more than that of a large apple.

Having lost their first child to premature birth, the parents, Emirati nationals Ahmed Huseein Salem and Fatema Omar, feared the worst when they were informed that the baby had "only a few hours to live".

Born extremely pre-term, Latifa was battling for life with a number of life-threatening complications. She was moved to the neonatal intensive care unit of the hospital, where a battery of doctors involving pediatric cardiologist, pediatric ophthalmologist, pediatric neurologist, pediatric hematologist, ENT and physiotherapist were deployed to save the precious little life.

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