One of the world's smallest babies is expected to be sent home to join in New Year celebrations.
Melinda Star Guido was born 24-weeks premature in August, tipping the scales at just 9.8oz (270 grams).
Most infants of that size would not have survived but doctors at Los Angeles Country-UCS Medical Centre have helped her pull through.
The baby spent her early months cocooned in an incubator at the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit with her mother, Haydee Ibarra, 22, sitting by her bedside and touching her through the portholes of an incubator.
The baby is believed to be the second-smallest child to survive in the US - and third in the world.
"It's a big, huge miracle," Ms Ibarra said earlier in the week, on the day before her baby should have been born.
"She's been through a lot and she has made it. A lot of people doubted her."
Dr Rangasamy Ramanathan said: "This is our star baby here. Now the baby weighs eight times what the baby weighed when it was born."