SMGS Hospital saves 24-week miracle baby amid COVID crisis

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Jan 2: India’s tiniest baby ever to survive in Government hospital, weighing just 450 grams, has been discharged after 100 days spending in a Neonatal ICU of SMGS Hospital Jammu by Principal Government Medical College Jammu Dr Shashi Sudan in presence of Medical Superintendent Dr Manoj Chalotra and HoD Pediatrics Dr Ghanshyam Saini.
Miracle baby (named by NICU team) was born at 24 weeks along with other twin at private nursing home at Jammu and shifted to SMGS Hospital for further management. The baby was having weight of only 450 grams when received at NICU in SMGS Hospital. The baby girl received extensive care at the hands of a multi-disciplinary team of medical experts led by HoD Pediatrics ably supported by Neonatology team comprising of Dr Anuj Bhatti, Associate Professor and Dr Anumodhan Gupta, Consultant Pediatrics.
Fighting against all odds bravely, the baby girl survived 13 weeks of remaining in gestation in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) to complete her 37 weeks to be discharged in a healthy condition with a weight of 1,420 grams. This is the first of its kind successful case in Government sector hospital in India.
“This case gives hope to thousands of parents with high risk pregnancy and subsequent risk of prematurity as most of the times babies born before 26 weeks are not even given a chance to fight for their survival. Delivering a baby at a Government tertiary care hospital with fully equipped infrastructure and antenatal preparedness increases the chances of survival manifold,” said Dr Anumodan Gupta.
Other prominent persons present on the occasion were Dr Rakesh Sharma (Deputy Medical Superintendent), Dr Sanjeev Kumar Digra, Dr Ashu Jamwal, Dr Sunil Dutt Sharma, Dr Mohd Razaq, Dr Anuj Bhatti, Dr Ravi Parihar, Dr. Koushal Khajuria, Dr Rajneesh Kumar, Dr Arun Gandotra, Dr Ajay Choudhary, Dr Pallavi Sharma and Dr Shah Nawaz.