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Vijayawada: Premature baby weighing just 450 gm survives against all odds
One of the smallest premature babies to have ever survived in India is finally going home after spending the first few months of his life at the renowned Rainbow Children's Hospital in Vijayawada.

"The tiny miracle baby" weighed just 450 grams when he was born prematurely after his mother Rama began to suffer from complications related to the pregnancy. With paper-thin skin, underdeveloped organs and feet the size of a thumbnail, it was unlikely that the baby would survive. But the clinical team at Rainbow Children's Hospital in Vijayawada took up the challenge and saved the baby's life, which is a rare clinical mile stone.

While speaking at a press conference, Dr Dinesh Kumar Chirla, Director of Rainbow Children's Hospital revealed the astonishing journey of this tiny tot. "Very low birth weight is a term used to describe babies who are born weighing less than 1,500 grams. Only a few babies, 1.5 per cent, are born this tiny and their survival chances are extremely slim," Dr Dinesh Kumar Chirla said.

Rainbow Children's Hospital has a state of the art NICU with 24/7 Neonatologist support.The team of doctors monitored and treated the baby successfully. After rigorous treatment, the baby has now achieved a normal weight of 2200 grams. The baby had B/L inguinal hernia for which he was operated upon on February 10.

The miracle baby's mother Rama Sri Satya along with her husband Kasi Viswanath, had come to Rainbow Children's Hospital on the advice of Dr T Nageswara Rao, a Radiologist who is their family friend. They had discussed the issue of spontaneous onset of preterm labor at 24 weeks pregnancy with a history of abortion of previous pregnancy and no other child etc. with Dr Vamsi Sivarama Raju, Consultant Pediatrician and Neonatologist, Rainbow Children's Hospital, Vijayawada.

After explaining about the chances of pre-term infant's survival and risks associated with the same, the mother was admitted at Rainbow Children's Hospital, Vijayawada on September 25 under the observation of Dr Uma Mikkilineni, Consultant Obstetrics & Gynecology. The mother was given proper medical treatment to improve the maturity of lungs, intestine, brain etc, of the baby and also medications were given to decrease the risk of bleeding in the brain.

She delivered a male child on September 27 with a birth weight of just 450 grams. The rate of survival for such a small baby is very low and requires neonatal intensive care of the highest standard for a long duration. The baby was admitted under the observation of Dr Vamsi Sivarama Raju, Consultant Pediatrician and Neonatologist, Rainbow Children's Hospital, Vijayawada. After explaining the critical condition of the baby and the requirement of long stay in the hospital and with the consent of the parents, the baby was resuscitated and kept on ventilator.

In addition to saving their son's life, the management of Rainbow Children's Hospital agreed to provide discount and also helped them in mobilizing funds from the Chief Minister's Relief Fund and ESI. This may be the first of its kind case in the entire Andhra Pradesh state. At present, the baby is normal, on oral feed and is ready to be discharged.

Dr Ram Prasad, Clinical Director and Rajmohan Ramasawamy, General Manager, Rainbow Children's Hospital also participated in the media conference.

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