India’s smallest baby discharged after 132-day neonatal care
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After 132 days of staying in the in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Nirvaan is finally ready to come into the world!

Nirvaan, who is India’s smallest and youngest pre-term baby, was born after 22 weeks only and had a birth weight of 610 gms, with 22 cm head size and a length of 32 cm.

A team of 14 doctors and 50 nurses were attending to Nirvaan as he had immature lungs at birth and required ventilatory support as soon as he was delivered. His respiratory support lasted for 12 weeks and multiple doses of surfactant injections were instilled into the breathing tube to expand his lungs. He required a month-long steroid treatment to help him breathe on his own and faced the risk of infection and high blood sugars which was countered by antibiotic and insulin therapy. Multiple blood transfusions, LASER treatment of eyes and hernia surgery were also required during this period.

During this 132 days long process, Nirvaan survived life-threatening events such as pneumothorax and brain bleeds and has come out stronger.

Globally, 40-50% of 22-week infants are stillborn and there was no report of a surviving 22-week newborn before Nirvaan in India, making this the first instance...

http://www.prokerala.com/news/photos/india-s-smallest-baby-discharged-after-132-day-neonatal-care-302018.html
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