Born three months premature after a complicated pregnancy, the baby, weighing 570 grams was the size of an adult’s palm . However, after 100 days of treatment and care, doctors at Columbia Asia Hospital were not only able to save his life but were also able to make sure he left the hospital healthy.
The child had to be delivered in the 26th week of pregnancy due to complications with the health of the mother. The 35-year old mother who had an unsuccessful first pregnancy that resulted in a stillborn experienced health complications during the second pregnancy.
Doctors said she suffered from pregnancy-induced hypertension and with her blood pressure elevated, the blood supply to the fetus was affected, posing serious concerns to the baby’s life. Obstetricians advised her to terminate the pregnancy as the chances for the baby’s survival were slim and posed a threat to her own life.
Neonatologist Dr Tushar Parikh and his team in 2011 had saved a baby weighing 495 grams born to a mother with 13 previous pregnancy losses. “We took on this case as a challenge due to the complications and risks involved. Born in the 26th week of pregnancy, the child had a low birth weight and had poor lung function. He was required to be on ventilator support for a week and then shifted to different respiratory support for a month. The baby had to be kept at the hospital for 100 days to develop normal body functions. By the time he was discharged, he weighed a healthy 1.5 kg,” added Parikh.