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One of world's smallest babies leaves hospital

Haydee Ibarra, 22, covers her daughter Melinda Star

Haydee Ibarra, 22, covers her daughter Melinda Star Guido with a blanket as they leave the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. (Jan. 20, 2012) Photo Credit: Getty Images

Melinda Guido, one of the world's smallest surviving babies, was born on August 30, 2011 weighing just 9 1/2 ounces, less than a can of soda. Now weighing 4 1/2 pounds, she was discharged from the hospital where she spent nearly five months in an incubator.

Baby Melinda Star Guido is passed by nurses
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Baby Melinda Star Guido is passed by nurses to her mother Haydee Ibarra after being discharged from Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. Melinda is believed to be the world's third-smallest surviving baby and second smallest in the United States. (Jan. 20, 2012)

Baby Melinda Star Guido is hugged by her
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Baby Melinda Star Guido is hugged by her mother Haydee Ibarra, 22, after being discharged from Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center five months after her birth. Her father Yovani Guido, 25, looks on. Guido was born 16 weeks early, weighing 9.5 ounces. (Jan. 20, 2012)

Haydee Ibarra, 22, covers her daughter Melinda Star
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Haydee Ibarra, 22, covers her daughter Melinda Star Guido with a blanket as they leave the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. (Jan. 20, 2012)

Melinda Star Guido is released from Los Angeles
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Melinda Star Guido is released from Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, where she weighed 9 1/2 ounces at birth. Her mother developed high blood pressure during pregnancy, so Melinda was delivered by cesarean section at 24 weeks. (Jan. 20, 2012)

Melinda Star Guido is picked up by her
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Melinda Star Guido is picked up by her mother Haydee Ibarra after she was discharged from Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center five months after her premature birth, when she weighed just 9 1/2 ounces. The smallest surviving baby born weighing 9.2 ounces is now a healthy 7-year-old and another who weighed 9.9 ounces at birth is an honors college student studying psychology, according to doctors at Loyola University Medical Center in Illinois where the girls were born. (Jan. 20, 2012)

Yovani Guido, 24, second from left, and his
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Yovani Guido, 24, second from left, and his fiance Haydee Ibarra, 22, right, say goodbye to registered nurse Cecilia Luevano before they leave Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. Ibarra delivered her daughter by cesarean section at 24 weeks at the hospital. (Jan. 20, 2012)

Melinda Star Guido is discharged from Los Angeles
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Melinda Star Guido is discharged from Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. Guido spent her early months in the neonatal intensive care unit. She now weighs 4 pounds, 17 ounces. (Jan. 20, 2012)

Haydee Ibarra looks at her 14-week-old daughter, Melinda
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Haydee Ibarra looks at her 14-week-old daughter, Melinda Star Guido, at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. (Dec. 14, 2011)

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