With technological progress, medicine has come a long way too. One of the best outcomes of medical advancement apart from treating many terminal illnesses has been the ability to save pregnant women and their babies from the complications that would have otherwise cost them their lives.
Manushi, Asia’s smallest baby was born weighing only 400 grams and only 8.6 inches in length. Everyone including the doctors and the parents thought she will not survive. But babies are resilient, and this one was a miracle.
Manushi was born to Seeta, a 48-year-old woman in Udaipur, Rajasthan. Seeta and her husband have been married for 35 years. Due to an uncontrollable blood pressure during pregnancy, she had to undergo an emergency premature C-section in June 2017.
After spending six months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Manushi is now a healthy infant, surprising us with her rapid growth. As per a report by The Hindu, neonatologist Sunil Janged was leading the team of doctors handling this unusual case. He said,
“To salvage a baby of this size was a challenging task. There is no reported survival of a newborn weighing this small in the Indian sub-continent.”
Manushi’s case was a challenge even for the doctors treating her. Dr Janged said,
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“The biggest challenge for our team was to prevent any infection to her and our team managed it very well.”
Previously, the smallest baby to survive in Asia was the case of Rajni, who weighed only 450 grams. It truly is a miracle how both Rajni and now Manushi survived against all odds and surprised her with their strength and resilience. It is things these like these that restore our faith in the good in the world and assure us that miracles do happen. All you got to do is believe in it.