Infant responding,docs may take her off ventilator support

The two-year-old girl admitted on January 18 at the AIIMS Trauma Centre with serious injuries,is responding to the antibiotics,doctors said.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:February 3, 2012 3:20 am

The two-year-old girl admitted on January 18 at the AIIMS Trauma Centre with serious injuries,is responding to the antibiotics,doctors said.

“She has been diagnosed with septicemia,a condition where the bacterial infection spreads in the bloodstream. But fortunately,culture reports show the baby is sensitive to the antibiotics. the reports,however,are still positive,implying that the infection is still present in her body,” said Dr M C Misra,chief of AIIMS Trauma Centre.

He said her vital organs are functioning normally. “Her kidney and liver — often the first to be affected by septicemia — are functioning fine,” Dr Misra said.

He said the child was “stable,but still critical”.

There have also been some improvement in her lungs,the first site of this bacterial infection.

“Her chest X-ray has cleared up considerably. Earlier,there was pneumonia from the infection,but today we have seen some improvement,” said Dr Deepak Aggarwal,the neurosurgeon monitoring her.

Doctors now plan to check if the baby can breathe without ventilator support. She had been put back on ventilator support earlier this week,when the chest infection worsened.

The baby was admitted with critical injuries — both her arms were fractured,her skull was smashed,she had bite marks on her face and legs and her cheeks seemed to have been branded with hot iron — on January 18. The 14-year-old who brought the baby to the hospital,has since been found to be a victim of physical and sexual abuse.

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