Defying all the odds, a newborn baby girl weighing only 400 grams has survived her premature birth. Not only has she survived being born 12 weeks prior to the prescribed date, she has also gained normalcy after a 6-month-long treatment. The baby, named Manushi, measured only 8.6 inches when she was born in Udaipur, India. Her foot was of the size of her father’s thumbnail.
According to Neontologist Sunil Janged, she was the smallest newborn to have survived in India and South Asia.the baby was reported born to a couple married for 35 years. When her mother’s blood pressure became uncontrollable halfway through her pregnancy and the ultrasonography revealed the absence of blood flow to the fetus, a cesarean section was conducted on her on June 15, 2017.
“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,” said Dr. Janged.
Manushi received multiple blood transfusions during her stay in the NICU and all the essential nutrients were directly injected into her bloodstream. She was only able to digest milk by the 7th week of her life.
But after spending 210 days in the NICU, she weighed close to 2.4 kilograms on the day of her discharge. She was also found intellectually healthy.