- According toWHO, India has the greatest number of preterm births, with nearly 3,519,100 preterm births every year.
- Every year an estimated 15 million babies are born preterm (before 37 completed weeks of gestation) and this number is rising.
- Given these stats, a unique case came to the forefront at Fortis Hospital, Bangalore.
Triplets were born to a couple through IVF. Unfortunately, all the three infants had fragile health and other morbidities. Of the three, doctors could only save one of those. The infant weighed merely 520 gms at birth. The 26 week preterm baby is healthy now and weighs 2.2 5kgs.
Dr Hariram, Consultant Neonatologist and HOD of Paediatric department at the hospital said, “The average weight of a baby born between 37 to 40 weeks (term) is 2.5 kgs, whereas, baby Vaishnavi (the saved kid) was born at 26th week weighing just 520gms. With round-the-clock vigilance and management of treatment-related issues for 3 months in NICU, she now weighs 2.25 kgs. The chance of survival of such babies is slim due to extreme prematurity, but this baby girl has made it to our happiness.”
Baby Vaishnavi was conceived through IVF (In vitro fertilization). IVF is a common and effective type of assisted reproductive technology (ART) that helps women to conceive. The IVF procedure involves fertilising an egg outside the body, in a laboratory dish, and then implanting the embryo in a woman’s uterus.
Dr Manisha Singh, Consultant Gynecology and IVF Specialist, Fortis Hospital, said, “Poornima (the mother) needed a myomectomy for removal of fibroids and then embarked on her second cycle of IVF but conceived triplets. Unfortunately, only one baby, the smallest of all the three babies survived and we treated her for 140 days to give her optimum weight and health at discharge.”
Poornima said, “God has been so kind to us. My brave little baby has gone through so many odds and I’m so overwhelmed at her progress. I’m very thankful to the team of doctors.”
Dr Sunil Janged, Neonatologist at Jivanta Hospital, Udaipur, said, “When it comes to premature babies, a lot of factors go into it. Firstly, IVF treatment in order to have twins or triplets like her, may add to some complications. Genetics and lifestyles play an important role to it. But what needs to be taken care of, is that preterm babies, once they’re not need adequate and careful attention and surplus nutrition. Taking care of the mother is very important when it comes to preterm babies.”