A tiny baby born so prematurely she was smaller than a Barbie doll and weighed less than a pound has finally gone home after spending 5 months in hospital.

According to reports, Baby Kallie Bender was born at 25 weeks on May 24 in Phoenix, Arizona.

She weighed in at 13oz, about as heavy as a can of soup, making her one of the smallest babies ever born in Arizona, according to Dr Vinit Manuel.

The baby girl was so small that her dad’s wedding ring could fit around her arm like an oversized bracelet. Doctors told her parents that Kallie’s chance of survival was very low.

Fortunately, what little Kallie lacked in terms of size, she more than made up for in fight and strength to overcome all the hurdles she faced.

Kallie’s mom, Ebonie Bender, revealed she had an ultrasound appointment on May 20, which is where she learned she would need emergency surgery to save her baby’s life. Mrs Bender’s pregnancy was considered high-risk because of her blood pressure. There was also a lack of fluid around the baby causing a condition called absent end diastolic flow.

Soon after she was born, Kallie had to undergo a complex heart surgery to correct a defect known as patent ductus areriosus, which is common among extremely preterm babies.

Little Kallie spent around 150 days gradually improving at St’s Joseph Hospital and Medical Center’s neonatal intensive care unit and is now set to be discharged and go home with her family.

“Now she weighs more than seven pounds and is ready to go home today.” Dr Manuel told AZ Central.

Little Kallie spent around 150 days gradually improving at St’s Joseph Hospital and Medical Center’s neonatal intensive care unit and is now set to be discharged and go home with her family.

Mrs Bender, was so overjoyed to finally have her little girl at home. Talking to Good Morning America she said, “She’s a feisty girl. It’s bittersweet to leave. But she’s an amazing little fighter and I can’t wait to see the personality she brings to our family.”

“I could not be more grateful for the doctors here and for our three primary nurses. They love Kallie and took such good care of her every day that they were here.” Mrs Bender added.

We thank God little Kallie survived against the odds.

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