India’s ‘tiniest’ baby released from Kochi hospital

India’s ‘tiniest’ baby released from Kochi hospital

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 Thursday.

According to hospital authorities, a baby born prematurely weighing 375 g was the tiniest to survive before ‘Zaya’.

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