Meanwhile,infant’s condition worsens as infection spreads

For second time in 4 days,fluid drained from brain as septicaemia sets in.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: February 2, 2012 3:04 am

The condition of the two-year-old child,admitted to the AIIMS Trauma Centre with serious injuries,deteriorated on Wednesday.

Bacterial infection had affected her lungs and brain,spreading in the bloodstream. Doctors said the child is suffering from septicaemia — severe infection in the bloodstream. Doctors also had to drain brain fluid in the early hours of Wednesday.

“The fluid that circulates in the brain is collecting in a hollow area created in the part of the brain where we performed a decompression surgery earlier. We drained this fluid on Sunday,and we had to do it again around 1 am on Wednesday,” said Dr Deepak Aggarwal,the neurosurgeon handling the case.

Inflammation of the body,another symptom of septicaemia,had also resulted in spinal fluid collecting. “We had to put a lumbar tube in her spine,and drain out both the brain and spinal fluid,” Dr Aggarwal said.

Doctors said tests on the spinal fluid did not find any infection. “Thankfully,the infection has not spread in the spinal fluid. That gives us some hope. She has also started responding to the antibiotics we are giving her,” AIIMS Trauma Centre chief Dr M C Misra said.

Despite these developments,doctors said the infant’s condition continues to be extremely critical. “Now that the infection has spread to her blood,it will be very difficult to control it. We are monitoring her vitals and giving her culture sensitive antibiotics from the tests we performed on her brain fluid ,” a senior neurosurgeon at the hospital said.

The two-year-old has been admitted in the ICU since January 18,when she was first brought to hospital in a battered state by a teenaged girl claiming to be her mother. She has undergone four surgeries on her brain and has sustained two heart attacks. She has fractures on both arms,and there are bite marks on her face and legs. Doctors have removed a clot in her brain and decompressed a portion of her skull that had been smashed.

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