FYI - From the Republican National Coalition for Life

John A. Quayle blueoval57 at VERIZON.NET
Sat Oct 6 23:32:57 MDT 2007

Please circulate this widely.  It is stories like this that drive the 
increase in pro-life support, especially among young people.

Thank you.


The world's tiniest baby - meet the 10oz bundle of defiance

Last updated at 23:35pm on 27th September 2007

When she was born, 15 weeks premature and weighing ten and a half 
ounces, her father's confidence was about the only thing on Kimberly 
Mueller's side.

In the few snatched moments he was allowed before his daughter was 
whisked away by doctors, Andreas Mueller spoke from his heart.

"I whispered to her: 'Kimberly, you'll make it,'" he recalled.

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Kimberley Mueller

The size of a mobile phone: Kimberley Mueller weighed just over 10 
ounces when she was born in Hanover, Germany - making her the world's 
smallest surviving baby

With a survival chance of less than 1,000 to one, every day she has 
got through since then is a triumph.

Six months later, Kimberly has finally been allowed to go home to her 
parents in Hanover.

"Babies as small as this usually have no chance," said Dr Oliver 
Moeller, a heart specialist who treated her.

"We are incredibly lucky that she lived. Such a case I have never 
experienced. We had a lot of luck ... a lot."

Kimberly is the smallest baby ever born in Germany and the youngest 
to survive.

She was just 10.2 inches long and weighed little more than a packet 
of butter when she arrived in the 25th week of her mother's pregnancy.

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Kimberley Mueller and her parents

Now six months, Kimberley has been allowed home for the first time 
(Above with mother Petra and father Andreas)

Petra Mueller, 38, who remained at her daughter's bedside in 
intensive care at the University Clinic in Goettingen, was allowed 
only to stroke her with her finger.

"It was the nicest thing when she would grip my finger in her tiny 
hands," she recalled.

"She was like a little bear gripping a tree trunk, just hanging on 
for life as if she was saying 'Don't leave me, mummy'."

Kimberly was placed in an incubator for warmth, given a respirator to 
help her breathe and fed through a drip. She was also given a 
cocktail of drugs to boost an immune system that was barely formed.

At three months, she faced a major setback, when doctors feared she 
could be blind. But laser treatment corrected the problem.

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Kimberley Mueller

Kimberley's chances of living were rated at worse than 1,000-1 when 
she was born 15 weeks prematurely

Kimberly's progress was underlined when she arrived home this week 
weighing five and a half pounds and measuring 17 inches.

During the coming weeks she will continue to be fed artificially and 
will need to have oxygen as her lungs keep developing.

The world's smallest known surviving baby was Rumaisa Rahman who 
weighed just 8.6 ounces when she was born in Chicago in 2004.


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