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Earliest premature baby is going home


MIAMI - A premature baby who doctors say spent less time in the womb than any other surviving infant is to be released from a Florida hospital today.

Amillia Sonja Taylor was only 9 inches long and weighed less than 10 ounces when she was born Oct. 24. She was delivered 21 weeks and six days after conception. Full-term births come after 37 to 40 weeks.

"We weren't too optimistic," Dr. William Smalling said Monday. "But she proved us all wrong."

Neonatologists who cared for Amillia say she is the first baby known to survive after a gestation period of fewer than 23 weeks. A database run by the University of Iowa's Department of Pediatrics lists seven babies born at 23 weeks between 1994 and 2003.

Amillia has experienced respiratory problems, a very mild brain hemorrhage and some digestive problems, but none of the health concerns are expected to pose long-term problems, her doctors said.

"We can deal with lungs and things like that but, of course, the brain is the most important," Dr. Paul Fassbach said Monday. "But her prognosis is excellent."

Air Force captain on trial in 4 rape cases

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, FLA. - An Air Force officer accused of raping four men and attempting to rape two others pleaded not guilty Monday at the opening of his court-martial.

Capt. Devery L. Taylor, a former chief of patient administration at Eglin Regional Hospital, is accused of drugging and raping or trying to rape the men, four of whom were in the military, after meeting them in bars.

Capt. Taylor faces a maximum sentence of life in prison without parole if convicted of all the charges against him: two counts of attempted sodomy, four counts of forcible sodomy, and three counts of kidnapping.

A military jury is scheduled to begin hearing testimony today.

- Edited from wire reports