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S. Korea's youngest premature baby Geon-woo goes home safely after 153 days
Updated: 2021-09-07 09:56:45 KST
Geon-woo a baby as small as a palm was born in April weighing only 288 grams.
His mother was diagnosed with intrauterine growth retardation, meaning the baby can't properly grow in the womb.
But still, the mother never gave up on the baby.
She came all the way up to Seoul Asan Medical Center from Haman, Gyeongsangnam-do Province.
After just 24 weeks and six days in the womb, Geon-woo was delivered by C-section 15 weeks early.
Extremely premature babies have a less than one percent chance of survival.
It's hard to inject needles into such a small baby and he even had cardiac arrest one month after he was born.
For five months, his parents made the 10-hour round trip back and forth between Haman and Seoul.

"The only thing I can give is breast milk. And I'm still happy for it. My husband must be tired after going and returning on the same day."

It's rare to see a ultrapremature baby under 400 grams survive.
But after 153 days in neonatal intensive care Geon-woo is finally going home.

"He's now 46 weeks old and over two kilograms. As you can see, he wants to eat more and is dexterous."

Geon-woo is South Korea's smallest baby and the world's 32nd smallest.
The parents and medical staff saved him and gave hope for other premature babies.
Jang Tae-hyun, Arirang News.
Reporter : tommyjang@arirang.com