World's smallest baby boy is sent home from the hospital 1 year ago

World's smallest baby boy is sent home from the hospital

He was born at just 24 weeks.

A baby boy weighing just 268 grams at birth has been sent home from a Tokyo hospital.

It is the smallest surviving male baby in the world, the Keio University hospital in Tokyo said.

The baby was born by emergency C-section in August, and was so small he could fit into a pair of cupped hands.

Born at just 24 weeks, the baby spent five months in hospital.

After doctors treated him at a neonatal intensive care unit at the hospital, by managing his breathing and nutrition, he grew steadily until he was able to be breastfed He left the hospital last Wednesday, two months after the initial due date.

"I can only say I'm happy that he has grown this big because honestly, I wasn't sure he could survive," the boy's mother said, according to Tokyo's Keio University Hospital.

The previous record holder for the smallest surviving male baby was born weighing 274 grams in Germany in 2009 according to the hospital.

The smallest girl was born in Germany in 2015, weighing 252 grams.