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Baby weighing less than 1 pound at birth to leave hospital

Posted at 2:41 PM, Oct 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-21 17:41:35-04

PHOENIX (AP) - A baby weighing less than one pound when she was born nearly five months ago is being released Monday from a Phoenix hospital.

The girl was born 15 weeks premature, underwent a surgery to address a heart defect and now weighs seven pounds.

She didn't suffer brain bleeds or blindness due to prematurity.

Her parents waited 37 days to hold their daughter for the first time.

The girl will have to use an oxygen tank and feeding tube as she learns to breath and eat on her own.

She spent nearly 150 days at Dignity Health St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center.