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Father saves baby from sudden infant death syndrome in Pune

Talking about the miraculous recovery of the baby, Shah said, “There was no other history like fever, breathing difficulty, fast breathing or vomiting immediately before this life-threatening event when checked apart from being a premature baby with low birth weight.”

pune Updated: Aug 22, 2018 16:53 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
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The baby who without any apparent cause suffered the sudden morbidities is claimed as a living miracle by the team of doctors who treated him.(HT REPRESENTATIONAL PHOTO)

A one-month-old infant was rushed to a hospital at Kharadi after he suddenly fell unconscious and not breathing. The baby boy, Shivansh, reportedly had turned blue, cold and had even suffered multi-organ failure on arrival. The baby who without any apparent cause suffered the sudden morbidities is claimed as a living miracle by the team of doctors who treated him. The doctors credit the infant’s father for saving the child.

“The infant from Wagholi is a case of near miss sudden infant death syndrome (Sids), which is seen in 0.5 per cent of 1,000 live births. The mortality which commonly occurs due to this syndrome does not have any particular cause and when the baby was brought to us in July 11, he was in a critical shape,” said Dr Tushar Parikh, paediatric and neonatal department head at Motherhood Hospital.

“Quick thinking and brave decision of the father saved the infant. He was quick enough to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the baby. We found out that the baby had suffered from multi-organ failure like heart failure, kidney injury, bleeding problems and seizures due to lack of oxygen. Sids is a condition where babies die without any apparent cause. We suspected ‘near miss’ Sids in this baby. Timely intervention saved the baby’s life,” he said.

Dr Mubashir Shah, consultant neonatologist at the same hospital said, “The baby was brought to the emergency room by his parents in the middle of the night around 3 am. We noticed that the baby had turned blue and was not breathing. His heart rate was low and pulse was very weak. Resuscitative measures were started immediately to help the baby breathe along with chest compression to support his heart to pump blood. He was resuscitated and was put on ventilator and drugs to support cardiovascular system and improve blood pressure.”

Talking about the miraculous recovery of the baby, Shah said, “There was no other history like fever, breathing difficulty, fast breathing or vomiting immediately before this life-threatening event when checked apart from being a premature baby with low birth weight.”

Snehshankar Jha, the baby’s father and an IT professional, after coming home saw the baby in an unconscious state and not breathing. He said, “He lied near his mother blue and cold. This was in the middle of the night. I immediately started CPR and me and my wife rushed to the nearby hospital in Kharadi. Upon arrival he was immediately admitted to the NICU where he stayed for 11 days. The baby was discharged on July 22.”

Talking about prevention of SIDS, Dr Parikh recommended that babies should be put to sleep on their back (and not on stomach or on side) to reduce incidence of SIDS. Drinking of alcohol by parents and maternal smoking are linked with SIDS. However, no such risk factors were present in this case.

“There needs an awareness workshop and programme to avoid the mortality caused by SIDS. Many parents panic when they notice that their babies are not moving or breathing during their sleep. Increased awareness and education can save a baby’s life as SIDS can be only prevented through education and quick decision making of the parents,” Shah said.

First Published: Aug 22, 2018 16:51 IST