Kochi: A baby born weighing just 350g, believed to be the
tiniest in India to survive premature birth, has been discharged from a hospital
in the southern state of Kerala.
Baby ‘Zaya’ and her twin sister ‘Zoya’ weighed just 350g and
400 g respectively when they were born prematurely on December 12, 2019, in the
23rd week of the pregnancy.
Their mother, Kodungallur native Suhaina, was admitted to the
Lourdes Hospital, Kochi, after she suffered from high blood pressure and the
medics were forced to operate and take out the babies to save the lives.
The twins were in an extremely critical condition with their
features yet to be fully develop. They were shifted to the Intensive Care Unit
of the neo-natal ward of the hospital and their care was “upmost challenge” to
the doctors and aiding staff.
“The challenges were many…We’ve to assess growth of each
organ of the babies. They have to be put in ventilator for 40 days after suffering
from extreme breathing difficulties. Similarly, we’ve to seek help of eye specialists
from outside…,” Dr Rojo Joy, Consultant (Neonatology and Pediatrics) who lead a
specialized team, said.
The twins struggled for survival through-out and the medical
team was on their toes often. But four months on, they recovered well and weighed
over 1.5 kg and 2 kg respectively, confounding all expectations. They were finally discharged on
According to hospital authorities, a baby born prematurely weighing 375 g was the tiniest to survive before ‘Zaya’.