New York hospital cares for 1-pound, 4-ounce 'miracle baby'

Hannah Bella Rodriguez, who was born July 11 weighing 1 pound, 4 ounces, finally left East Meadow, N.Y.-Nassau University Medical Center Oct. 22, weighing 5 pounds, 5 ounces, according to WABC.

Hannah, dubbed the "Miracle Baby," was born 13 weeks premature, making her the smallest baby ever born at NUMC. Her mother, Jennifer Pena de Mena, was not due until October, but suffered pregnancy complications in June. She underwent an emergency cesarean section in July. Hannah was so small when she was born, she could fit in the palm of Ms. Pena De Mena's hand.

"There's many patients around the gestational age that don't make it," John Riggs, MD, a physician at NUMC, told WABC. "They don't survive, or have some serious problems."

Hannah was discharged in a special ceremony Oct. 22, although Ms. Pena De Mena still takes her to premature baby appointments at the hospital.

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