World's smallest baby 'doing well'
Michael Hopkin
Tot born weighing 240 grams is healthy after three months.

Baby Rumaisa weighed just over 240 grams when she was born.

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Her name means "white as milk", but when she was born she weighed no more than a tub of butter. Rumaisa, the world's smallest surviving baby, has been unveiled to the world three months after her birth at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois.

With a birth weight of just over 240 grams, Rumaisa now holds the record for the smallest premature baby to be successfully kept alive. She and her twin sister Hiba, also tiny at just under 570 grams, were born by Caesarian section on 19 September.

Doctors ordered the early delivery because the babies' mother Mahajabeen Shaik, originally from Hyderabad and now living in Chicago, was suffering from pre-eclampsia, a condition characterized by high blood pressure. Without intervention, both the mother and babies' health would have been in danger.