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Baby weighing 480gms survives at DMCH

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Ludhiana, January 01, 2014
First Published: 22:00 IST(1/1/2014) | Last Updated: 22:02 IST(1/1/2014)

With the efforts of the medical staff of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, a baby weighing 480grams during the time of birth has managed to survive. According to the doctors, it is a rare case of survival.

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A Bathinda resident, Bhavna Goyal gave birth to premature twins (both female babies) on October 12. Naina's weight was 480grams while her sister Ishana's weight was 780 grams.

When Bhavna saw her premature 480grams daughter Naina, she was stunned by her size but with the efforts of the medical staff, she has survived. Now both the sisters and the mother are fine.

Talking to Hindustan Times, Pardeep Goyal, said, “My wife, Bhavna was in pains during the 22nd week of her pregnancy. When visited here at DMCH, the doctors assured us that everything will be fine. All the family members were worried when her delivery was conducted during the 27th week of pregnancy.”

The couple had no child in the last five years and they opted the IVF technique. Born out of an In vitro fertilisation (IVF) twin pregnancy, these babies are precious for the family.

Dr Ashima Taneja, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology said Bhavna's pregnancy was carried up to 27 weeks (Six and a half months) when the ultrasonography revealed reversal of flow.

“Because the blood flow to the babies was decreasing, she was taken up for caesarean. Neonatologist Dr Kamal Arora, who was following Bhavna perinatally was called in to attend the delivery,” said Dr Taneja.

According to the doctor, if a child is born after nine months of pregnancy, the normal weight is above 2.5kg while if a woman delivers baby after seven months of pregnancy then the normal weight is 1kg.

“Initial days were difficult as Naina's birth weight dropped down to 420grams. It is a rare case of survival,” added Dr Kamal Arora.

“The major role was played by the nursing staff that looked after Naina in the Neonatal ICU. Naina was struggling to breathe, so she was immediately put on advanced respiratory support - the bubble CPAP system. Ishana's condition on the other hand was better than Naina's after birth,” he said.

Pawan Kumar, grandfather (maternal), said, “I am thankful to the doctors, nurses and the medical staff who did their best to save my granddaughters.”

According to the doctors, Naina's weight was 1,100grams and Ishana's was 1,800 grams while they discharged them from the hospital on Wednesday.

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