Friday, 18 Jan 2019

The story of a smallest baby in the world who can survive celebrates her amazing milestone


The story of a smallest baby in the world who can survive celebrates her amazing milestoneThe story of a smallest baby in the world who can survive celebrates her amazing milestone - Manushi had tipped the scales  at only 14oz, the same weight as a Cadbury chocolate bar when she was born 12 weeks early.

And the height is only 8.6 inches and is considered the smallest baby ever born in Asia.

She was born early when her mother's blood pressure was suddenly high that her life was in danger.

Her little feet were no bigger than her father's fingers.



At birth Manushi condition is very alarming. She was born not breathing, with lung, heart, brain and kidney retarded, and thin skin.

However, after six months of treatment, she is fit enough to be discharged from the hospital and return home on Thursday, January 11, 2018.

Her mother, Seeta, 48, and Giriraj's father, 50, from Rajasthan, India, say that Manushi is a real miracle in their lives.

Seeta suffers from dangerous high blood pressure during her pregnancy and ultrasound reveals the absence of blood flow to the fetus.

She underwent a c-section on June 15, 2017, at 28 weeks of gestation, and at birth Manushi was put in a ventilator and transferred to Nomi Jivanta Children's Hospital.

The tiny baby was given a chance to survive with only 0.5% without brain damage, and became the smallest baby in India and South Asia.

Dr Sunil Janged, the neo-natologist, said: "When the baby was born we were not sure what could happen, she was struggling to breathe, so we immediately installed a ventilator supporting the breathing progress to expand her small and immature lungs. She also can not be fed because of her intestinal immaturity. "

"We have to start babies with total parenteral nutrition, which basically means giving all the essential nutrients like amino acids, lipids, carbohydrates, minerals, multivitamins and trace elements directly into the blood circulation."

In the first few days Manushi lost weight, but after seven weeks was able to start drinking milk.

She had blood transfusion and respiratory support.

After 210 days at the NICU he has been discharged and the doctor says that his brain is structurally normal and her eyes are developing properly.

Dr S K Tak, head of pediatrics and Ananta Medical College in Rajasthan said: "This is the latest technology, high end equipment and expertise of the NICU team, which has delivered this phenomenal result."

Usually, Manushi medical treatment will cost 1,000,000 rupees - about £ 11,500.

Dr Sunil Janged Hospital Director said: "We decided to save the baby's life and provide the necessary medical care and attention because we wanted to send a message that girls should be protected."

"In a state like Rajasthan where female infanticide is rampant, one has to come forward and take steps to end this evil practice."

Dr Ajay Gambhir, former president of India's National Neonatology Forum added: "We are grateful to Seeta and her family, we appreciate them for providing a new example to the community."

"In Rajasthan girls [like this] are still considered a burden, and thrown into the trash immediately after birth or abandoned in an orphanage Seeta and hospital staff care for this baby girl, even though she has little chance of survival.

Previously the smallest baby ever born in the world is Emilia Grabarczyk, who was born weighing 229g - 8oz - in Witten, Germany, in 2015.



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