DW BUREAU / Mohali
In a unique case, a pre-term baby was successfully treated at Fortis Hospital, Mohali despite several complications.
The baby was born through C-section on November 6, 2017 at 23 weeks of gestation (at 5 and half months of pregnancy) and weighed only 560 grams at birth. This is the first 23-week baby to have been saved in the entire region including Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir.
Dr Swapna Misra, Additional Director, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Fortis Hospital, Mohali, while interacting with media said a 36-year-old, 22-week pregnant woman came to the hospital in an emergency, with bleeding and leakage. She has no previous live issue. She had diabetes and hypothyroidism. This was a very early pregnancy, but parents were keen to continue despite there being a 70 percent chance of bad outcome. The parents agreed for conservative management. After 20 days, she delivered a baby. The Neonatal ICU team looked after the baby.
Giving the details, Dr Sunil Kumar Agrawal, Consultant, Neonatology, Fortis Hospital, explained, baby of Shweta was born through C-section on November 6, 2017 at 23 weeks of gestation (at 5 and half months of pregnancy) and weighed only 560 grams at birth. At birth his lungs were very poorly developed for which he had to be put on ventilatory support right soon after delivery and was shifted to the Level 3 NICU.
Dr Agrawal explained, “For the first 2 months of life everyday used to be a new challenge with its difficulty. At times his lung condition used to deteriorate, at times a duct in the heart (PDA) causing problems, at time difficulty in digesting feeds and at times infection is the troubling issue.