Smallest Baby in the World, 9 Ounces, Goes Home!

It has been a long six months for Nicki and Sam Moore. Their baby girl, Kenna, has overcome incredible odds, and at long last, the little girl is being allowed to come home.

In January, Kenna was born weighing a mere 9 ounces, which made her one of the smallest babies in the world, and the smallest to ever be born in a hospital. For comparison, an average guinea pig weighs almost twice as much as Kenna weighed. Mother Nicki had suffered from preeclampsia, so Kenna was delivered at just 23 weeks along, just more than halfway through a normal pregnancy. To say things were touch and go for a while would be an understatement. Doctors gave the infant a less than a 10 percent chance of survival, but somehow, little Kenna just kept on keepin' on.

Now, Kenna's progress is astounding. Gone is the tiny, feeble baby with the bright, wide eyes. Kenna is now a healthy 6 pounds, 10 ounces, and she is growing every day. For the first few months of little Kenna's life, Nicki and Sam had been taking the half-hour drive from their home to Presbyterian Children's Hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina. Thankfully, they won't have to be doing that any more.

"It's such a relief. It's so nice having her here. It's so nice not running to the hospital and spending all day at the hospital," Nicki told HLN affiliate WBTV. Nicki and her husband know Kenna isn't completely out of the clear. She is still reliant on around-the-clock oxygen and constant monitoring, but it's definitely not the hardest situation she has faced in her young life. "It's going to take years before we truly know the ramifications of her being born so small," said Nicki. "But I'm confident that we can handle anything that's thrown at us."

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