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Smallest preemie discharged from hospital in good health

초 미숙아 건우, 건강하게 퇴원

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The parents of Cho Keonoo pose with neonatology professor Kim Ai-rhan at Asan Medical Center in Seoul, Sept. 3, with their baby who was discharged from the hospital after five months of intensive care after being born as a 288-gram 'preemie.' Courtesy of Asan Medical Center
The parents of Cho Keonoo pose with neonatology professor Kim Ai-rhan at Asan Medical Center in Seoul, Sept. 3, with their baby who was discharged from the hospital after five months of intensive care after being born as a 288-gram 'preemie.' Courtesy of Asan Medical Center


A premature baby weighing only 288 grams and measuring 23.5 centimeters, small enough to fit into an adult's palm, was recently discharged from hospital following 153 days of treatment.
몸무게 288g, 키 23.5cm로 성인의 손바닥에 딱 맞을 만큼 작았던 미숙아가 153일의 치료를 마치고 퇴원했다.


Doctors say it is a miracle that the "preemie" overcame less than a 1 percent chance of survival.
의사들은 생존 확률이 1% 미만인 ‘미숙아'가 치료를 이겨낸 것이 기적이라고 말한다.


According to the department of neonatology at Asan Medical Center Seoul, the infant, named Cho Keonoo who was born after 24 weeks and six days gestation, was released from hospital in good health, Sept. 3
서울아산병원 신생아 중환자실에 따르면 임신 24주 6일만에 태어난 조건우 아기는 9월 3일 건강하게 퇴원했다고 한다.


It is very rare anywhere in the world for a premature baby weighing less than 400 grams to survive and Keonoo was recorded as the smallest preemie to survive here.
전 세계 어디에서도 400g 미만의 아이가 살아남는 것은 흔치 않은데, 건우는 국내에서도 가장 작지만 생존한 미숙아로 기록되었다.


He was the first child for the parents who were married six years ago. At the 17th week of pregnancy, doctors told them the fetus was not thriving in the mother's uterus and was unlikely to survive.
건우는 6년 전 결혼한 부부의 첫 아이였다. 임신 17주에 다다르자 의사들은 태아가 엄마의 자궁 내에서 더 이상 자라지 않아 생존할 가능성이 낮다고 말했다.


The couple visited Asan Medical Center in Seoul at the end of March with a desperate wish and the medical team led by obstetrics and gynecology professor Chung Jin-hoon attempted to save the baby.
이 부부는 3월 말 간절한 바람으로 서울아산병원을 방문했고 정진훈 산부인과 교수가 이끄는 의료팀이 아이를 살리고자 시도했다.


The neonatal care team led by professor Kim Ai-rhan made efforts for Keonoo who was a very difficult case even for the veteran team because they could not apply the techniques usually used on ordinary premature babies because of his ultra-small size.
김애란 교수가 이끄는 신생아 치료 팀은 건우를 살리고자 노력했으나 이는 전문가들로 구성된 팀에게도 어려운 사례였다. 건우가 너무 작아 일반적인 미숙아들의 치료 기술을 적용할 수 없었기 때문이다.

Thanks to everyone's efforts, Keonoo was removed from a ventilator around 80 days after birth as he was able to breathe on his own, and his weight exceeded 1 kilogram. He left the incubator after four months and weighed more than 2 kilograms when he reached five months of age.
모두의 노력 덕분에 태어난 지 80일 가량이 지나 스스로 호흡하고 몸무게가 1kg을 넘긴 이후 산소 호흡기를 제거했다. 건우는 4개월 이후 인큐베이터를 벗어났고 5개월이 지났을 때는 몸무게 2kg을 넘겼었다.


Ahn Seong-jin sjahn@koreatimes.co.kr


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