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The World's Smallest Baby Boy Finally Leaves Hospital

A baby boy who weighed just 268 grams when he was born has been sent home from a Tokyo hospital.

The boy was born prematurely at 24 weeks and is believed to be the smallest child in the world successfully treated and discharged from hospital.

The baby was born via emergency c-section in August and he was so small he could be held in two adult hands. The child was released from hospital last week, two months after his original due date.

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The baby was so small he could be held in two hands. Image: Reuters.

He's grown to weigh 3.2 kilograms and is now feeding normally.

"I can only say I'm happy that he has grown this big because honestly, I wasn't sure he could survive," the boy's mother said, according to Tokyo's Keio University Hospital.

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The little boy is now feeding normally. Image: Reuters.

According to a database called the 'The Tiniest Babies' from the University of Iowa, the little Japanese boy is the smallest child in history to have been nursed back to good health after an early birth.

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The previous record holder was a boy born in Germany, weighing just 274 grams. The smallest surviving girl was also born in Germany, weighing just 252 grams.

Contact Siobhan at skenna@networkten.com.au