Anjali Nagda was a miracle baby for many reasons. Her mother Vidya Nagda, 24, tested positive for three monsoon ailments – malaria, dengue and leptospirosis in July, the eight month of her pregnancy. The triple infection affected the Vasai resident's kidneys, liver and heart, putting the life of her unborn child at risk.
Doctors had never seen dealt with such a case. But on July 11, after undergoing 15 platelet transfusions and a heavy antibiotic treatment, Anajli was born at JJ Hospital, healthy and happy.
Nagda was earlier admitted to a private hospital in Vasai with high-grade fever and chills. As Nagda was pregnant, doctors at the hospital screened her for monsoon-related ailments and she tested positive for all three. "They (doctors) told us that her condition was deteriorating and we should take her to a bigger hospital," said her husband, Dinesh Nagda who works in a ration shop.
On August 1, Nagda was brought to JJ Hospital where doctors put her on antibiotic drugs to treat the infection. As many drugs are not advised during pregnancy, doctors had to carefully select a high dose of antibiotics to treat the triple infection.
"This is the first time that we have seen a pregnant woman suffering from three monsoon-related ailments at the same time. Her platelet count had dropped to 15,000 units, which should ideally be more two lakh. Her kidneys and liver functions were also abnormal which could have proved fatal for the foetus as well as the mother," said Dr Ashok Anand, professor from the gynecology department of JJ Hospital.
"Malaria and dengue can lead to the death of a pregnant woman and her child. Pregnant women should take utmost care to avoid such infections. Putting mosquito nets and avoiding breeding grounds go a long way in protecting oneself from such infections," Dr YS Nandanwar, head of Sion hospital's gynecology department.
"We were trying for a second child for a long time. Vidya was completely fine till the eight month and suddenly her condition was worsened. We had lost all hopes," added Dinesh.