Four months after she was born, Sakshi Mhambrey, touted as the city’s youngest premature baby, will be discharged from hospital soon.
This comes as a good news to the Mhambrey family as well as the doctors at Surya Mother and Child Care Hospital in Santacruz where she was being monitored till now.
Sakshi was born after a gestation period of 23 weeks, that is less than even six months, and was put in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) within 10 minutes of her birth.
She is probably the youngest baby to survive with an extremely low weight in the city, claimed doctors.
While a normal baby weighs between three to four kilograms, Sakshi was born on May 5 and weighed 460 grams. According to Dr Nandkishor Kabra, the hospital’s neonatal department head, her head measured 20 cm in circumference and her body was 30 cm in length.
“She had immature lungs, infection and blood in the brain, poor growth, consistent drops in haemoglobin rates, fragile bones and immaturity in almost every other organ in the body,” said Dr Bhupendra Awasthi, director of Surya hospital.
A team of paediatricians gave her one dose of medicine surfactant in the lung to help with the breathing difficulty due to her underdeveloped lungs.
She underwent a series of ultrasound tests, fluids and medications to help build her strength.
According to Trupti and Santosh Mhambrey, her parents, their baby was born after five failed attempts to conceive and after almost 12 years of marriage.
According to doctors treating Sakshi, after six weeks of ventilator support and almost 12 weeks of oxygen support, she was first allowed to be cuddled by her mother.
“Carbohydrates, fats, proteins and other nutrients were provided through intravenous access to help her externally,” Awasthi added.
The baby currently weighs 1.9 kg and will be discharged from the hospital within days.
Doctors, however, said that she will require regular checkups so that they can track her medical parameters, growth and weight.
The last reported youngest babies were triplets, who were born after a gestation period of 24 weeks in Mumbai in 2011.