Baby girl weighing only 400 gm at birth survives

Saturday, 13 Jan, 2018

Manushi, now six months, was born at 28 weeks weighing just 14oz and her foot was no bigger than her dad's thumbnail.

The baby girl was delivered through an emergency caesarean section on June 15, 2017, after her mother developed uncontrollable high blood pressure halfway during her pregnancy and ultrasonography revealed foetoplacental insufficiency - restricted blood flow to the foetus. Seeta was born to a couple married for 35 years and was in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Jivanta Children's Hospital in Udaipur for nearly 210 days, was discharged on Thursday, after weighing close to 2.4kg. Her husband, 50-year-old Giriraj, said she was their real-life miracle.

Six months later, a healthy Manushi weighed 5.2 pounds.

She was given a 0.5 per cent chance of survival.

This tiny newborn weighing just 400 grams is thought to be one of the smallest babies ever to survive. She can not be fed adequately due to the immaturity of the gut. Meanwhile, Dr Sunil Janged, chief neonatologist and the director of the hospital said that the baby girl was born, they were unsure of further happenings.

However, to their delight Seeta was able to digest a few drops of milk by seven weeks and started drinking a tiny amount at a time by the time she was four and a half months old. As she was struggling to breathe, she was shifted to the neontal intensive care unit (NICU) and put on ventilator to expand her tiny and immature lungs.

"We had to start the baby on total parenteral nutrition, which basically means giving all the essential nutrients such as amino acids, carbohydrates, minerals and multivitamins directly into blood circulation [sic]".

The hospital waved most of the family's medical costs due to their low income, according to the report. She was able to go home with her parents after battling to survive for half a year.

"In a state like Rajasthan where female infanticide is rampant, people have to come forward and take steps to end this evil practice". The baby was finally discharged from the hospital on Thursday.

Janged said that the importance of saving Manushi's life was also important because of her gender.

Dr Ajay Gambhir, former president of National Neonatology Forum of India, added: "We are grateful to Seeta and her family". Rajasthan where the girls, still considered a burden, are thrown into the trash immediately after birth or are left in the orphanage.

"Seeta and the hospital staff treated this baby girl, despite her having negligible chance of survival".