Pune: Woman suffering from schizophrenia successfully delivers a baby

In the last week, a 36-year-old woman, married for 12 years, with a known case of paranoid schizophrenia for the last 20 years, delivered a baby at the Sassoon General Hospital, Pune

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Neha Sane (name changed), 36-year-old, has successfully delivered a baby even after suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, diabetes, fibroid. She was admitted in Pune’s Sassoon General Hospital. The brave lady overcame all the obstacles and battled it with a never-say-die spirit.

In October 2017, Neha was admitted in the hospital due to psychological disorder. As per doctors, she suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, since last 20 years.

Dr Shilpa Naik, Obstetrician and operating surgeon, Sassoon General Hospital said, “Neha couldn’t conceive in spite of an 11-year long marriage. She was admitted in the hospital since October. Tests were conducted when it was known that she is pregnant. Here tests revealed that there was a huge fibroid in the uterus. In the 7th month of her pregnancy she was diagnosed with diabetes.  It was challenging to carry out the delivery as Neha was suffering from many diseases and taking medications for the same.”

The patient’s family members were worried about the pregnancy. Initially, her family members insisted on medical termination of pregnancy. After counselling, the relatives agreed to continue the pregnancy.

As per Dr Shilpa, “Neha was given insulin after she was diagnosed with diabetes.  In such situation, the baby’s life is at a risk. Also, during the deliver, the huge fibroid in the uterus was of 8.8 cms. We, along with the psychiatrist decided to carry out a caesarean section.”

Dr Manjit Santre, associate professor at department of psychiatry at Sassoon hospital in Pune said, “She was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, since last 20 years. She has been visiting me since many years. We explained her that her pregnancy can have complications. This is a rare case. So, we took the help of experts and informed them about her treatment. They gave a go-ahead. Now, she successfully delivered a baby through caesarean section. The baby is fine now. The woman is still seeking treatment.

Dr Pritam Chandak, consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist from Nagpur said, “This case is very rare. Many a times the person who is suffering from mental illness he/she can’t express themselves to the doctors. This makes diagnosis even more difficult. Women suffering from psychiatric illness might be missed or overlooked for their gynaecological disorders.”

On March 1, a successful delivery was conducted.  The woman’s family is happy now. But, the patient hasn’t been discharged yet.