There are very few things more fascinating than childbirth. The process of bringing a baby into the world, having carried them carefully for nine months, is one that leaves people in awe on a daily basis.
However, there are few births as incredible as that of Manushi, who was born 12 weeks prematurely, weighing a shocking 0.4kg (0.8lbs) – the average weight of a healthy baby born at full term is usually somewhere between 2.7 and 4.1kg (6-9lbs).
Yet despite her highly concerning weight, which saw doctors give her a 0.5% chance of survival, Manushi is now six-months-old and finally able to leave the hospital where she has so far spent her whole life.
Manushi’s traumatic birth came unexpectedly on June 15 after her mother, 48-year-old Seeta’s blood pressure began to dramatically rise. Concerned for the health of mother and baby, doctors did an ultrasound which revealed an absence of blood flow to the fetus.
With little time to act, doctors chose to deliver the baby 12 weeks early by C-section at a hospital in Rajasthan, India. It was thought highly unlikely that the baby would survive the ordeal, but Manushi was evidently meant to be for this world as she managed to breathe independently – albeit with difficulty.