Born premature after six months of gestation and weighing only 700 grams, chances of surviving amid underdeveloped organs and poor immunity were slim. However, parents of the baby girl delivered at Artemis Health Institute two months ago can't stop smiling now seeing her grow as a healthy child.
The baby, which now weighs 1.5kg, will be discharged this week. "This is my first child and only we know how we spent the past two months. But, when we see our child recovering now, I really feel blessed" said father Vineet Bahl.
The baby was born with a cardiac disorder that causes breathing difficulties due to an open blood vessel. During fetal development, the vessel is open to allow blood to be diverted from the lungs into the aorta. At a full-term birth, the blood vessel closes as the baby begins to breathe on its own. However, with preterm labour, the ductus arteriosus may remain open causing abnormal blood flow. Treatment in such cases involves a medication or a surgery in severe cases.
In this case, medication failed to yield results. Dr Prabhat Maheshwari, in-charge of the neonatal unit, explained, "Since medication didn't work on the baby, we had to opt for a surgery. It was complicated as there is a little space to operate on organs in a baby. It's been five days since she underwent the corrective procedure and the very next day we were able to remove ventilator support. The baby is now recovering and has started gaining weight, which is a positive sign."