Transcript for Miracle Baby Defies the Odds
For the first time in her very short life one of the -- surviving babies in the world. Slept in her own house last night America -- spent her first months inside an incubator with a machine helping her breathe. But his ABC's Tonya Rivera shows us doctors who could hold her in the home of their hand would she was born. Have high hopes that -- live a long healthy life. Melinda star Guido came into this world a tiny premium just 24 weeks the size -- -- hand. Her chances of survival were just a small. But after more than four months in the neonatal intensive care unit and a royal sendoff from her doctors and nurses. Maybe Melinda goes home with her proud parents happy -- have finally -- that you all asked him point Havilland being here. I'm -- -- now a beautiful healthy four and a half pound baby it's easy to forget how precarious are beginning to work. The world's third smallest baby Melinda was born weighing just nine and a half ounces less than a can of soda. She wasn't expected to live more than a few days. Soon after her birth Melinda was treated for an eye disorder common to -- and had surgery to close an artery. Doctors call her recovery and development a miracle. That Gordon uses that -- -- what the baby supposed to -- feet look at obsolete. And to gain -- out of the 7500. Babies born in the US each year weighing less than a pound. Only about 10% survived. I laugh at just a bit him. -- -- even though -- as parents feel they are taking home a five month old baby to her doctors she's only a month old. And then next six years are crucial. But now all those precious here is will be spent at home with her loving family for Good Morning America Tanya Rivero ABC news New York.
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