Residents of Sector 44, Chandigarh Aarti and Rohit were determined to save the girl child at any cost, but a couple of weeks later they were left with no other option but to take the child home as they completely ran out of funds. The doctors and support staff at the well equipped neonatal ICU at the hospital, who had worked tirelessly to safe the child, however, were convinced that they could not let the child go since chance of its survival would be dim. They sought intervention of higher authorities in the hospital, who obliged by heavy slashing the daily charges on humanitarian grounds. Seven weeks later when Aarti was finally discharged, the child weighed 1.37 kg and well on way to recovery.
Today when Aarti and her husband visited the hospital with their girl child for a follow-up, the couple were visibly elated and grateful to the Almighty and the doctors, nursing staff and the hospital authorities for becoming the lifeline of their child.
Congratulating the couple for showing extraordinary courage in saving their girl child, CEO of the hospital, Dr Vinay Verma, told media persons that the hospital did its duty by providing the best doctors, nursing staff and well equipped neonatal ICU to tackle the most extreme cases. “But above all we should be thankful to God for showing mercy and then the couple for showing exemplary commitment towards their girl child in this age of skewed sex ratio.” He felt that for this the couple deserved to be honoured by the authorities.
Sharing details, Dr. Gagan Mahajan, Consultant Neonatologist, said “when Aarti was wheeled in two months ago in her 27-28th week of pregnancy, and an emergency cesarean section was performed on her, the newborn weighed just 820 grams. After seven weeks of intensive care, when the mother was discharged from the hospital, the child weighed 1.37 kg. Such babies are extremely fragile to handle and we anticipate many problems as all the organs of body are still developing and getting mature.”
Dr Mahajan said, “Because of immature lungs, which lead to difficulty in breathing, we had to put the child on ventilator support and surfactant therapy, though we were able to take her off ventilator support quite early. To prevent risk of bleeding in brain, which is very high in such babies, it had to be handled gently with exceptionally good nursing care. We managed the severe heart disease Patent Ductus Arteriosis (PDA) medically and were able to prevent serious blood infections. Apart from expertly managing every expected problem we were also able to maintain good speed of growth.”
The mother was allowed to stay near the baby as much as possible to make her more comfortable and confident so that she does not face any problems while handling the baby at home. Aarti’s positive attitude also helped, as she did Kangaroo Mother Care for long hours, which helped us improve the outcome, Dr Mahajan said.
The Level–III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of Alchemist Hospital is fully equipped as per the needs of such extremely premature babies backed up by round the clock support from experienced Neonatologists, Pediatricians and Gynecologists. We have facilities to get majority of procedures required to be done on baby at the cot of baby without them being shifted. Being a Tertiary Hospital, the support of other specialties, like Cardiology, Radiology, Ophthalmology, Pediatric Surgery helps in improving the outcomes.