A review of the literature shows that few children weighing under 1,000 Gm. at birth have survived.1
Hess,2 of Chicago, found that in a series of 860 cases of infants who died during the first twenty-four hours, 399 deaths were caused by prematurity, and of 1,700 infants who died during the first week, 588 were premature. He reported twenty-three premature infants under 1,000 Gm. as surviving. In his own series, he notes that an infant weighing 690 Gm. lived seventy-one days and another, who weighed 740 Gm., lived seventy-two days.
The child whose case report is given in this paper weighed but 680 Gm. at birth. We have not found any other case reported in the English language in which so small a child has survived for two or more years.3
REPORT OF CASE
History.—The mother of the child had one half-sister who weighed 2½ pounds