An extremely premature male baby - no bigger than the palm of a hand and weighing only 580 grams - has recently gone home after extensive care at Medeor 24x7 Hospital Abu Dhabi’s Neonatal unit.
The delivery took place at 25 weeks of gestation instead of the usual 40 weeks and survival rates can be as low as 50-50, the hospital said in a statement.
“We had to perform an emergency Cesarian section because of severe hypertension in the mother. At birth, the baby was in respiratory distress. His lungs had not yet developed their function,” said Dr Govinda Shenoy, consultant and head – Neonatology.
According to Vermont Oxford Network, the survival rate of 25-week old babies is 50–60 percent. Those who survive are at a high risk of complications related to various factors.
The baby’s father, Henry Digo from Philippines, said: “We were so worried... after his birth I cried when I saw my baby. I was afraid whether he would make it or not. But I had faith in God and the doctor that they will do the best for my baby.”
The NICU team at Medeor managed the baby’s condition for 102 days providing extra care. They had to keep the infant warm, provide nutrition, avoid infections, and provide support for breathing until his lungs could develop their function.
Eventually, the team’s efforts began to show results and the baby - named Henrid - did not develop any complications.
At the time of his discharge, he weighed 1880 grams and both mother and child are now doing well.
Dr Shenoy said his team has been seeing an increasing demand for pre-term babies in Abu Dhabi.
Mum Riza Digo said: “Our baby was born very early but we know God has a purpose. He gave us strength and guided us to the right hospital with complete and advanced facilities, experienced and professional doctors, and nurses. We would like to take this opportunity to thank God and all of them.”
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