Even before Laadki Ubersaada could see her infant only after two days since his birth, the doctors at the Primary Health Centre (PHC) informed the parents that their kid was having a major respiratory trouble.
Laadki ka ladka, as the kid is fondly referred to in the hospital, was shifted to P.D. Hinduja Hospital located in Mahim when he was two-days-old, owing to respiratory emergency in July. The kid was brought from Jawhar taluka in Thane district, with several complications.
“The baby had congenital deformities. The child was brought to the hospital after a local hospital approached the Hinduja Hospital’s Rural Health Programme medical staff for the child’s condition. On the second day itself, he underwent an operation for diaphragmatic hernia (intestinal loops inside the chest),” said Dr Nitin Shah, Consultant Paediatrician, P. D. Hinduja Hospital under whom the child being treated.
The surgery was successful and post-operative Intensive Care Unit (ICU) care is being taken care by Dr Uma Ali and Dr Soumya Renjit. “The kid had come in with a very complicated condition. However, he is doing much better now,” said Dr Renjit.
The surgery was successful even after 28 days the child was not able to take more than 35cc of milk. “This had the doctors investigate further and an upper gastrointestinal barium study was done which revealed that the child had developed a hiatus hernia. An operation was successfully performed and now the baby is doing well,” said Dr Shah.
A specific bottle was called for the kid to drink milk, owing to him having a cleft lip. The boy has a cleft lip and a cleft palate, the doctors have said that the child will undergo surgery for his cleft lip in three months and in nine months the surgery for cleft palate would be done.
“Furthermore, the kid was also diagnosed with a hole in the heart and a vertebral defect. Under the hospital’s Rural Health Programme, the kid was treated free of charge, which otherwise would have cost at least 7 lakh rupees for the same treatment,” added Dr Shah.
The child’s case is a very rare one, say paediatricians. “The recovery depends purely on the care that the child gets from here on. But, the care should be taken antenatally,”said Dr Samir Dalwai, president of Indian Academy of Paediatrics, Mumbai Chapter, consulting Developmental Paediatrician and the founder of New Horizons Child Development Centre.