Baby weighing 400 grams at Birth survives after six-month struggle

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A premature baby girl born weighing 400 grams survived and gained weight, thanks to efforts of doctors at Jivanta Children’s Hospital in Udaipur and determination of her parents.

Jaipur, January 12: After struggling for six months, a baby girl who weighed just 400 grams at birth, and was 8.6 inches long at birth has returned to normalcy and discharged from hospital at Jaipur.

Dr. Sunil Janged, the neonatologist who led the team overseeing the baby girl at the neonatal intensive care unit claimed that referred baby was the smallest to survive in India as well as Asia as per medical records. Named Manushi by the staff of the Jivanta Children’s Hospital, the baby was delivered through a cesarean section as the blood flow to the fetus was found to be absent after ultrasonography of the pregnant mother.

The baby was put on ventilator to expand her immature, small lungs and was given parental nutrition initially. Gradually, she could digest milk and drink from spoon. Dr.Janged also stated that it was a challenge to ensure that there was no infection to the baby during course of the blood transfusion for her respiratory support.

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The baby after six months of clinical course.

At the time of her discharge, Manushi weighed 2400 grams and had been developing her body organs normally. She had spent 210 in intensive care unit, beating the odds of 0.5% chance of survival, as stated by medical experts in such cases.

Source: The Hindu, The Times of India