Medics at Dubai’s Latifa Hospital successfully saved the life of a child born at just 24 weeks.
The infant weighed just 445 grams at birth, similar to a football and less than most bags of sugar! Tragically however his twin, who weighed just 385 grams, was unable to be saved.
Both were born at such an early stage after their mother suffered from preeclampsia. Dr Khalid Al Atawi explained to the media the impact that this can have on expectant mothers. He said: “Preeclampsia is a pregnancy complication characterised by high blood pressure and signs of damage to other organ systems - most often the liver and kidneys. The condition usually begins after 20 weeks of pregnancy in women whose blood pressure has been at normal levels.
“Left untreated, it can lead to serious, or even fatal, complications for both the mother and the child. The only way to cure the condition is to deliver the baby.”
After the child was born, he was immediately transferred to the hospitals’ Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, as work started on saving his life.
Dr Al Atawi continued: “The team watched for signs of hypothermia, where the body temperature loses heat faster than it can produce it, causing a dangerous drop in core temperature.
“The baby was also given respiratory and cardiovascular support and had to be protected from potential infections.”
Head of paediatrics and neonatology at the hospital, Dr Mahmoud Al Halik, added: “Hospitals encourage family involvement to promote a baby’s healthy development from day one.
“Neonates are placed in an incubator and once the baby’s condition is stable, healthcare professionals teach the mother and father ‘kangaroo care’, which is skin-to-skin contact between the baby and their parents.
“The parents’ reassuring and loving touch is known to have many health benefits.”
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