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Palm-sized Baby Among the World's Smallest
At birth, Melinda Star Guido was so tiny she could fit into the palm of her doctor's hand. She is among the smallest babies ever born in the world.
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This undated photo provided by Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center shows shows Melinda Guido shortly after her birth in late August with the hand of Dr. Rangasamy Ramanathan as a comparison. Melinda was born premature at 24 weeks weighing only 9.5 ounces. She's believed to be the second smallest baby to survive in the United States and third in the world. 

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This undated photo provided by Hilda Morales shows Melinda in the neonatal intensive care unit at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center.

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14-week-old Melinda Star Guido holds her mother's little finger while lying in an incubator at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011. At birth, Melinda Star Guido tipped the scales at only 9 1/2 ounces, a tad less than the weight of two iPhone 4S. Most babies her size dont survive, but doctors are preparing to send her home as soon as the end of the month. Melinda is believed to be the second smallest baby to survive in the United States and the third smallest in the world. 

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Haydee Ibarra, looks at her 14-week-old daughter, Melinda Star Guido, at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011. 

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14-week-old Melinda Star Guido holds her mother's little finger while lying in an incubator at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011. 

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This undated photo provided by Hilda Morales shows Melinda, with her mother's fingers in the scene, in the neonatal intensive care unit at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. 

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A nurse offers Haydee Ibarra a blanket for Ibarra's 14-week-old daughter, Melinda Star Guido, at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011. 

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Haydee Ibarra, right, touches her 14-week-old daughter, Melinda Star Guido's toes at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011. 

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Haydee Ibarra looks at her 14-week-old daughter, Melinda Star Guido, at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011. 

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Haydee Ibarra, left, holds her 14-week-old daughter, Melinda Star Guido, at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011. 

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14-week-old Melinda Star Guido holds her mother's little finger while lying in an incubator at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011.

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Haydee Ibarra, right, watches as her 14-week-old daughter, Melinda Star Guido, gets her eyes examined by ophthalmologist John Hwang at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011. 

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Palm-sized Baby Among the World's Smallest

At birth, Melinda Star Guido was so tiny she could fit into the palm of her doctor's hand. She is among the smallest babies ever born in the world.

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