Baby Born at 258 Grams to Leave Central Japan Hospital

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Azumino, Nagano Pref., April 19 (Jiji Press)--Nagano Children's Hospital said Friday that a baby born weighing 258 grams in October last year will leave the facility in Nagano Prefecture, central Japan, on Saturday.

According to the hospital in the city of Azumino, at birth he was the smallest baby boy in the world. His weight has since risen to 3,374 grams.

The baby boy, Ryusuke Sekino, was delivered at 24 weeks and five days on Oct. 1 last year, by cesarean section. His mother, Toshiko, a resident of the Nagano town of Karuizawa, had been hospitalized due to hypertension in pregnancy.

At birth, he was 22 centimeters tall and measured 14.3 centimeters around the chest.

For the baby, the hospital created an environment similar to a womb in an incubator of the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit, adjusting the temperature and humidity.

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