Smallest baby survives after spending 210 days in NICU

Postado Janeiro 13, 2018

When her mother's blood pressure became uncontrollable halfway through her pregnancy and the ultrasonography revealed absence of blood flow to the foetus, a caesarean section was conducted on her on June 15, 2017.

Defying the odds of medicine, a newborn baby weighing just 400 gm has survived after her premature birth in Udaipur and gained normalcy after completing a six-month-long clinical course, with her parents and doctors having struggled hard to keep her alive and healthy.

One of the world's smallest babies ever to survive was born weighing less than a bar of chocolate.

She has spent the last six months in a neonatal intensive care unit at Jivanta Children's Hospital in India and, incredibly, is set to be discharged next week. She was not breathing when she was born, but the couple chose to fight to keep her alive.

"We chose to save the life of the baby and offer her necessary medical care and attention because we wanted to send out a message that a girl child must be protected", said Dr. Sunil Janged, director of the hospital.

"To salvage a baby of this size was a challenging task".

'She was struggling to breathe, so was immediately put on advanced respiratory support ventilator to expand her tiny, immature lungs.

Whereas she could not be fed adequately due to the immaturity of her gut and at the time of birth she even lost weight too, but after seven weeks she was able to consume milk.

The initial days were hard as Manushi's birth weight dropped. This small baby required respiratory support on and off as she used to hold breath during sleep. Paediatricians attending on her started with parenteral nutrition, giving all essential nutrients directly into blood circulation. The biggest challenge for our team was to prevent any infection to the baby and our team managed it very well.

After being given a 0.5 percent chance of surviving without brain damage, Manushi has gone against all odds - with doctors saying that she appears intellectually normal. She required multiple blood transfusions during her NICU stay.

She slowly began to breathe on her own and her brain and eyes are developing normally. "We are greatful to Seeta and her family and we appreciate them for setting a new example to the community".

Rajasthan witnessed a miracle when a mother gave birth to a baby girl weighing the same as a chocolate bar.