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Tough times over for premature boy

It has been a nervous three months for Sarita Patil. She has spent every day in the hospital near an incubator where her son lay nestled since his birth on December 23.

mumbai Updated: Mar 24, 2010 01:00 IST
Kiran Wadhwa & Neha Bhayana

It has been a nervous three months for Sarita Patil.

She has spent every day in the hospital near an incubator where her son lay nestled since his birth on December 23.

It was only last week that she could place her son beside her on her bed and wake up to his hungry wails in the night.

After a difficult three months, Sarita (30) holds the boy, the most premature baby born in India, in a pink wrap and
proudly says, “Look at him smile. Even the nurses said he is always smiling.”

The baby, fondly nicknamed Appu, underwent his first check-up at Thakur Hospital in Dadar on Tuesday after he was discharged a week ago.

His entire family, grandmother and paternal uncle included, travelled from Borivli to learn about the progress of their
youngest family member.

Three months ago when Appu was delivered at 23 weeks, nobody was sure whether the 825 gm baby would make it. His twin died a day after the delivery. But on Tuesday, doctors said that Appu was clinically normal and out of danger.

“He is a survivor,” said Dr Chetan Shetty, the neonatologist who is treating the baby.

“It has been a tough three months but today the baby is neurologically stable with sound reflexes. Good and timely care and a neonatology set up can handle the toughest cases.”

The doctors resorted to some unconventional methods to ensure the baby’s progress. They used an incubator, which no one uses anymore, instead of an open air warmer. Also, they took blood samples only when necessary, and not as per protocol to avoid anaemia. The two biggest worries were hearing and vision impairment, but all reports show normal growth.

Apart from the doctor’s care, the family did Shiv puja everyday for the last two months. “We will name the child after Lord Shankar. He is a naughty baby. His day begins at midnight and we all have to play with him when he is awake,” said father Sachin.

As everyone in the family tries to get a minute with Appu, he opens his eyes and smiles before shutting them tightly again.