China’s tiniest premature baby, just 660 grams heavy and 28 centimeters long, was born in Chongqing after a 23-week pregnancy and has managed to live through the first critical week, according to Xinhua.
The baby girl’s 24-year-old mother was told by doctors that she had to terminate her pregnancy due to complications from placenta previa, which occurs when the placenta partially or totally covers the opening of the mother’s cervix.
Doctors told the couple to mentally prepare themselves because the premature infant had little chance of surviving. Despite the odds, the child lived through the operation.
At birth, the baby’s head was the size of a tennis ball and her body was about as long as a chopstick, thus earning her the nickname “chopstick baby”.
She’s now six days old. Doctors expect that she’ll be out of danger in two weeks, but may still develop complications.