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H1N1 patient delivers stillborn baby,on ventilator

A 27-year-old woman from Mira Road who tested positive for swine flu delivered a stillborn baby on Monday at the civic-run Kasturba hospital....

A 27-year-old woman from Mira Road who tested positive for swine flu delivered a stillborn baby on Monday at the civic-run Kasturba hospital. Doctors said the woman,who is suffering from Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome,continues to be in a critical condition and has been put on ventilator. However,it is still not clear whether the stillbirth was a consequence of swine flu.

“She was brought to Kasturba hospital on Sunday. She delivered a stillborn baby today around 5.30 p.m. She is on ventilator,” said Dr Jairaj Thanekar,executive health officer,BMC. The patient tested positive for the virus on Monday but had already been given Tamiflu on Sunday and shifted to Kasturba hospital from a civic hospital in Goregaon,her family said. Her delivery was due in five days and she was registered with a maternity home in Mira Road.

“Her samples were immediately sent for tests,” said Dr Pradeep Awte,chief of the swine flu cell in the state.

Civic authorities are not sure whether the stillbirth occurred due to the H1N1 swine flu. “Pregnant women are highly vulnerable to any infection as their immunity is low due to severe blood loss,” Dr Thanekar said.

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Currently three patients,including the abovementioned patient,are in a critical condition at Kasturba hospital. “Two others are breathless but not on ventilator,” said Dr Thanekar.

First published on: 18-08-2009 at 02:22 IST
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