Home Health Parents News Now US's Second-Smallest Baby Headed Home US's Second-Smallest Baby Headed Home By Holly Lebowitz Rossi January 22, 2012 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print US's Second-Smallest Baby Headed Home 29456 Melinda Star Guido weighed only 9 ½ ounces at birth- less than a can of soda. After spending her early months in the neonatal intensive care unit, a team of doctors and nurses will gather Friday to see her off. Melinda has been growing steadily and gaining weight since she was born premature at 24 weeks in August at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. She is the world's third smallest baby and the second smallest in the U.S. Now weighing 4½ pounds, doctors said Melinda has made enough progress to be discharged. It's too early to know how she will fare developmentally and physically, but doctors planned to monitor her for the next six years. Most babies this small don't survive even with advanced medical care. About 7,500 babies are born each year in the United States weighing less than 1 pound, and about 10 percent survive. Image: Premature baby in incubator, via Shutterstock By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! No comments yet. Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment US's Second-Smallest Baby Headed Home Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.