Posted Thursday, December 15, 2011 --- 6:45 a.m.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Doctors in Los Angeles are preparing to send home one of the tiniest babies ever born.
Melinda Star Guido weighed only 9 1/2 ounces when she was born at 24 weeks over the summer. She's believed to be the second smallest baby to survive in the United States and third smallest in the world.
Melinda has spent her entire life so far at the neonatal intensive care unit of the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. She's slowly putting on weight and currently tips the scales at four pounds.
She still has to learn to bottle feed before she can be discharged. Doctors expect to release her by New Year's or early next month.
Tiniest Babies Registry: http://www.healthcare.uiowa.edu/tiniestbabies/index.htm
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