A baby, who was born 24 weeks premature and weighed just 500gm at the time of birth, has managed to fight all odds and survive.
Doctors at west Delhi’s Sri Balaji Action Medical Institute, where the baby was born three months ago and had been undergoing intensive treatment since her birth on January 28, claimed they had a tough time ensuring the girl did not succumb to infections. Three months of special care later, she is ready to go home.
Pinky Chowdhary, 29, who was suffering from a case of chronic hypertension, was brought to the hospital in her 23rd week of pregnancy for delivery. She had conceived more than 10 years after she had an abortion, and at first her pregnancy was again perceived by the doctors as a case of repeat abortion.
This was because the age of fetal viability in India is generally taken as 27 weeks and 700 gms. However, a team of obstetricians and neonatologists at the hospital - comprising Dr Dipak K Guha, head of department, obstetrics and gynaecology and chief neonatologist and Dr Virender Kumar (Neonatologist) - decided to go ahead with the delivery.
“Fortunately she delivered naturally, but the baby came out three-and-a-half months before her time. Due to the extreme low weight, the baby was in an unstable condition,” Dr Guha said.
The baby had to be kept at the neonatal intensive care unit for about 12 weeks. Apart from suffering renal failure on the third day, the little one battled sepsis, feed intolerance, lung and a host of other infections.
She was put on strong antibiotics and nutritional supplements for a couple of months before her condition finally stabilised. “She is now twice the weight she was born with and without any apparent physical or neuro development handicaps that are usual in such premature babies,” Dr Kumar said.