550-gm baby battles infections,reaches 1.8 kg in 4 months

A low birthweight baby brought to Bharati Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit is doing well and has gained weight.

Written by Express News Service | Published:May 4, 2012 2:31 am

A low birthweight baby brought to Bharati Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is doing well and has gained weight. Doctors say they been able to save the baby who had been born with under-developed lungs and had remained on ventilator for over two months while her tiny frame dealt with multiple infections.

Baby Hannah,who weighed a mere 550 gm at birth,is now a healthy four-month-old weighing 1.8 kg,doctors said.

Born at Pune Adventist Hospital,the baby was referred to Bharati Hospital’s 50-bed NICU. Dr Sanjay Lalwani,Medical Director,Bharati Hospital,says baby Hannah had respiratory distress syndrome and required assisted ventilation right from birth. She remained on continuous positive airway pressure till the 66th day of her life and besides under-developed lungs,she had to cope with sepsis,pneumonia,urinary tract infection,hypoglycaemia and jaundice.

A team of neonatalogists and nursing team led by Sister Sunita Pawale worked round-the-clock to ensure she survived. According to Lalwani,the baby had to be given nutrition,including vitamin and nutrition supplements,blood transfusion,phototherapy and antibiotics during the hospital stay. While Hannah’s weight has now more than tripled to 1.810 kg,it is now crucial to ensure she comes through with ‘intact survival’.

This means she will have regular follow-up at a high-risk neurodevelopment OPD to ensure normal neurological and other development.

Such extremely small babies are prone to intracerebral bleeds,retinopathy of prematurity (ROP),chronic lung disease and nutritional failures. However baby Hannah was able to battle illnesses with medical support.

Lalwani said there are 1,600-1800 admissions every year to their neonatology ICU. At least 8-10 babies weigh less than a kg. Most neonates are either born with low birthweight,have convulsions or suffer from other complications,says the paediatrician. “Survival rate is more than 90 per cent and now we are even sending our team of doctors to rural areas to ensure neonates are given immediate treatment.”

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