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9-ounce newborn may leave the hospital

  • Kenna Moore was born at a wee nine ounces, perhaps one of the smallest babies in the world to survive
  • After four months, she is exceeding doctor's expectations
9-ounce newborn may leave the hospital

In America, the average weight of a newborn baby is usually around seven and a half pounds. Four-month-old Kenna Moore weighed just a fraction of that at birth, barely tipping the scales at nine ounces (slightly more than half a pound). Experts say that may have made little Kenna the fourth smallest baby in the world to survive, and the best part is, she seems to be thriving. 

Naturally, with a baby that small, the odds were never in her favor. In January, Nicki Moore gave birth to Kenna 16 weeks premature, and Nicki says doctors gave the baby "less than a ten percent chance" to make it. Now, after more than four months spent in the NICU at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina, Kenna is still going strong, and doctors are even starting to discuss the possibility of her going home. 

"Well let's talk about Kenna going home," Nicki told WBTV of the joyous discussion. "And I was like, 'You said the H word! You said the H word!'"

Since she was born so early -- and so small -- Kenna has had numerous health scares, yet somehow she persists. She now weighs a whole three and a half pounds. It may still seem tiny, but to her parents and her doctors it's a weighty accomplishment. 

"Doctors are a lot of times bound by what they've seen and by science. And you know, science says a lot of this isn't possible." Nicki says. "But I have to believe that she tougher and stronger and that she's going to make it."

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