Against all odds: Pune woman combats swine flu and delivers child successfully

Doctors at Ruby Hall clinic, Wanowrie, Dr Shilpa Kulkarni said that she was in critical condition when brought to hospital. In such cases, managing the patient’s nutrition and blood pressure requirement is a challenging task

Against all odds: Pune woman combats swine flu and delivers child successfully

A pregnant woman from Pune put up a brave fight against swine flu and beat all odds to give birth to a baby girl at Ruby Hall clinic in Wanowrie.

Shilpa Nimbalkar, a 23-year-old lady, was eight months pregnant when she came in with the complaints of fever and itching in her throat, to Ruby Hall clinic.

She initially came to the hospital to consult a doctor, but in an unfortunate turn of events; she fell unconscious immediately after coming to the hospital.

She was put on ventilator and was on it for almost 12 days. After successfully combatting the disease, she safely delivered a baby girl on May 8 this year. Doctors say that both the mother and baby are doing fine as it has been observed in their follow-ups

“When I came to the hospital I did not know that I am suffering from swine flu and before the test results came I felt unconscious and do not remember what happened after that for 12 days that I was on ventilator,” says Nimbalkar, who is homemaker form Pune.

Against all odds: Pune woman combats swine flu and delivers child successfully
Shilpa Nimbalkar

She added saying, “The real challenge for me was to keep myself in healthy condition, starting from when I became conscious. I was feeling too tired and weak when I became conscious. But, my willpower to see face of my child motivated me to keep my optimism alive. My family members and the doctors helped me a lot throughout the process.”

Doctors at Ruby Hall clinic said that she was in critical condition when brought to hospital. Shilpa Kulkarni, Head of Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Ruby Hall, said, “Her oxygen level was low when she came. We first put her on non-invasive ventilator and the next day we shifted her to invasive ventilator. In such cases, managing the patient’s nutrition and blood pressure requirement is a challenging task. As the patient remains sedentary when put on ventilator, ensuring that there are no infections is essential.”

“In such cases, our first priority is always to save the mother and we are happy that in her case we not only saved her, but also saved her baby,” added Kulkarni.

Dr Syed Pasha, Head of Emergency Department, Jehangir Hospital, Pune, said, “This is certainly a rare case, managed successfully. These higher risk patients should be brought to hospital immediately. In such cases, it is important to ensure that respiratory complications do not occur.”