World's Most Premature Baby Goes Home With Parents — What A Miracle!

Mon, April 25, 2011 1:15pm EDT by 4 Comments

Oh, baby, what a happy ending! Tiny Frieda Mangold — just one pound when she was born 128 days early — is now a healthy seven pounds, 11 ounces!

Frieda Mangold, the record-setting baby born after less than 22 weeks in the womb, is finally home — in the loving arms of her parents Yvonne, 33, and John, 38!

The German couple have been hoping for the day they could carry Frieda home since last Nov. 7, when she arrived after only 21 weeks and five days — more than four months premature! Frieda is the most premature baby in Europe ever to have survived. And now she shares the world record with James Elgin Gill, also born 128 days early, in Ottawa, Canada in 1987.

There’s “no indication that she will not be healthy,” according to Dr. Reinald Repp, chief of the clinic at the children’s hospital in Fulda, Germany.

Sadly, doctors could not save Frieda’s twin brother Kilian,who could not survive heart and intestinal problems and died at just six weeks old. So her parents’ happiness after Frieda’s five-month hospital ordeal is tempered by the loss of her twin.

“‘We are overjoyed,” Yvonne and John told a local newspaper, The Daily Mail reports. “But the happiness feels strange as we are sad at the same time. Kilian is in our thoughts every day.”

Frieda’s tale of survival will likely become part of the debate over how much effort should be made to save the lives of the tiniest premature babies. Few of those born at 23 weeks or earlier have been found to survive.

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