Newborn babies will be basically small and cute, but do you know how small babies will be when they are born prematurely? They will be so small that you can’t even imagine and these tiny miracles do exist. And one among those miracles is little Manushi – believed to be the smallest baby born in Asia.
Yes! Weighing a shocking 400 grams and measuring 8.6 inches long, Manushi was just slightly heavier than a large banana.
SMALLEST BABY BORN
Manushi was born 12 weeks early to the due date at Jivanta Children’s Hospital, Udaipur, India on June 15, 2017. She was born to the couple – Seeta (48) and Giriraj (50) after 35 years of their marriage.
Seeta was suffering from uncontrollable high blood pressure during her pregnancy. And the ultrasound scan reports revealed that blood flow to the embryo was cut off, which interfered with the fetal development.
So doctors decided to conduct emergency C-section to save the life of the baby.
With her foot being the size of her father’s thumbnail – her chances of survival was merely 0.5%.
The Rajasthani couple lost all their hopes to see their baby survive as her entry into this world was not easy for neither her nor her parents.
But she has proven to be a fighter by beating all the odds and growing stronger every day.
However, initial days of Manushi’s was very difficult, She was not breathing easily when she was born. But the couple decided to fight to keep her alive.
Chief Neo-Natologist, Dr. Sunil Janged said,
When the baby was born, she struggled to breathe and was immediately put on an advanced respiratory support (ventilator) to expand her tiny and immature lungs. Besides, Manushi could not be fed sufficiently because of her undeveloped organs. So we had to provide the baby with total parenteral nutrition, all the essential nutrients such as amino acids, lipids, carbohydrates, minerals, multivitamins and trace elements required for her growth, were directly injected into her bloodstream.
Although she seems to have pulled through, in the beginning, things looked much bleaker for this little fighter.
The Doctor also added,
Initial days were difficult for her as her birth weight dropped. She was able to digest milk after 7 weeks and was able to drink from a spoon after four-and-a-half months. The biggest challenge for our team was to prevent any infection to the baby. Also, she required multiple blood transfusions during her stay at the NICU.
After round the clock care at the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for 210 days, Manushi is now weighing close to 2.4 kgs – and is in a healthy and relatively normal condition.
Her parents are beyond excited and call her a ‘real life miracle’. Isn’t she?
She’s fought, fought and fought against all the odds. But she’s made it.
One of the smallest baby born in the world to ever survive premature birth has been finally discharged from the hospital on Thursday – after spending the first six months of her life in an incubator.
Thanks to the efforts of doctors at Jivanta Children’s Hospital in Udaipur and determination of her parents. Thanks to modern medical technology too, as it gives even the tiniest little ones a better chance to survive.
And like we said before, her birth is indeed a miracle. Long live, Baby Manushi!