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

Mon, April 25, 2011 1:15pm EST 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.

What do you think, HollyMoms? Does Frieda’s story mean hospitals should invest even more to save premature infants? Take our poll and let us know.


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Posted at 2:58 PM on April 27, 2011  

God bless this family. The loss of a child is so hard. Its bittersweet that one made it, but Kilian will always remain in their hearts. Every time they look at Frieda they will think of him. I will always keep this family in my prayers.

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Posted at 1:35 AM on April 27, 2011  

This is like the same thing that happened to my cousins neighbor but it was only one child. Her daughter was born around 4 months early but she servived =] (this was in Indiana, U.S.) I met her when she was 5 months old. She was still on oxygen at night but now she is about 18months & is doing great!

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Posted at 12:19 PM on April 26, 2011  

Wow, 22 weeks? What a miracle. Both of my sisters were born after 25 weeks; one is now a happy, healthy 24-year-old, but the other didn’t make it a day. Best wishes to Freida and her family.

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Posted at 3:13 PM on April 25, 2011  

My son was born at 25 weeks and 4 days, he died after 2 days, so seeing a story like this brings tears to my eyes. I’m thrilled they get to bring their baby girl home

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