German baby born at 21 weeks goes home for Easter

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Posted: Apr 23, 2011 12:30 PM
German baby born at 21 weeks goes home for Easter

German doctors say a baby girl who was born at 21 weeks and five days is spending Easter at home after five months in neonatal care. She is believed to be the most premature baby in Europe to have survived.

Doctors at the Fulda Children's Clinic say Frieda was born on Nov. 7 weighing just 16 ounces (460 grams). She was released from the hospital on Wednesday weighing 7 pounds, 11 ounces (3.5 kilograms).

The clinic's chief doctor, Reinald Repp, said he saw "no indication that she will not be healthy."

The hospital cites medical records for its information that Frieda is most premature baby known to have survived in Europe. The Associated Press could not independently confirm that.

A normal pregnancy lasts 40 weeks.

The hospital cited one other baby born at 21 weeks and five days, in Ottawa, Canada that is known to have survived.

Repp called Frieda's survival "a medical miracle."