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Baby Born at 18 Ounces Goes Home

August 19, 1999

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ A baby born so tiny that her father’s wedding band could fit around her leg has beaten the odds and gone home for the first time.

Katelin Elizabeth Moran weighed 1 pound, 2 ounces when she was born nearly four months premature on May 11. During her 100 days in St. Peter’s Hospital, she went through operations to repair a leaky valve in her heart, retina problems in both eyes and a hernia.

By the time she left Wednesday, weighing 4 pounds, 5 ounces, Katelin had come to be known by nurses and other staff as the hospital’s ``littlest angel.″

Katelin, born to Kelly and Shawn Moran, still faces another operation to remove a cataract from her eye, but she is going to make it, likely without long-term problems, said Dr. Angela Mallozzi, the hospital perinatologist who delivered her.

The odds of a baby born as small as Katelin surviving are about one in 10, and many such children suffer from severe and lifelong medical problems.

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