Baby Indian girl weighing 400 grams at birth survives

Leslie Hanson
January 13, 2018

She was born 12 weeks prematurely as her mother suffered complications, weighed just 400 grams - like a bar of Cadbury chocolate - and arrived in the world with a foot measuring the size of her father's thumbnail.

She was not breathing at birth and since she was born prematurely, her lungs, heart, brain and kidneys were underdeveloped. and her skin was paper thin but the couple chose to fight to keep her alive. She then had to have an emergency caesarean just 28 weeks into her pregnancy.

She was born to a couple who was married for 35 years. The ultrasonography revealed that there is no blood flow to the foetus following which she was taken to the operation theatre. "The babies that small have less than 0.5% chance of survival without brain damage." said Dr Pradeep Suryawanshi, Senior Professor Neonatology Bharti University Pune. The baby survived after her premature birth and has gained normalcy after a 6-month-long clinical course. Seeta was born to a couple married for 35 years and was in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Jivanta Children's Hospital in Udaipur for nearly 210 days, was discharged on Thursday, after weighing close to 2.4kg.

In the first few days of Manushi's life she lost weight, however, after seven weeks, she was able to start taking milk.

"We chose to save the life of the baby and offer her necessary medical care and attention because we wanted to send out a message that a girl child must be protected", said Dr. Sunil Janged, director of the hospital.

Chief neo-natologist Dr Sunil Janged said: "She was struggling to breathe, so was immediately put on advanced respiratory support ventilator to expand her tiny, immature lungs".


'She could not be fed adequately due to immaturity of her gut'.

"We had to start the baby on total parenteral nutrition, which basically means giving all the essential nutrients such as amino acids, lipids, carbohydrates, minerals, multivitamins and trace elements directly into blood circulation". This small baby required respiratory support on and off as she used to hold breath during sleep.

"We made a decision to save the life of the baby and offer her necessary medical care and attention because we wanted to send out a message that a girl child must be protected", Dr Janged said.

In all, she was in the NICU for nearly 210 days and on Thursday, when she was discharged, her weight was close to 2400 grams.

"Her treatment should have cost one million rupees (around Dh58,000), but doctors charged a nominal fee due to the family's low income", Janged said.

Rajasthan witnessed a miracle when a mother gave birth to a baby girl weighing the same as a chocolate bar.

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