‘Miracle baby’ born weighing just 1 pound heads home after 3 months in the hospital

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<pA premature newborn delivered at 13 weeks and weighing just 1 pound has gone home after spending the first 104 days of her life at a New York hospital.

<pHannah Bella Rodriguez, known near her hometown of East Meadow on Long Island as the "miracle baby," had grown to 5 pounds, 5 ounces when she was officially discharged in a special ceremony at the Nassau University Medical Center at 11 a.m. Tuesday, ABC New York station WABC reported.

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<pHannah's mother, Jennifer Pena de Mena, was hospitalized in June due to pregnancy complications, and doctors decided to deliver Hannah the next month after her heart rate began to decline.

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<p<p"I was crying in the surgery room, but they held my hands, and they told me everything is for your baby," she told WABC.

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<pHannah is the smallest baby ever to be born at the hospital and was about the size of an average adult hand at the time.

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<pDuring the ceremony, de Mena thanked the hospital staff she entrusted with her and Hannah's care.

<p"I never lost my faith," de Mena said. "She's always going to be my beautiful baby, and I love her."

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<pDoctors allowed Hannah to finally leave hospital walls after she was able to grow and stabilize.

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<pHannah will continue to attend regular check-ups for premature newborns, but de Mena said she knows "everything is going to be OK."