One of the world’s smallest babies to ever survive weighed just the same as a bar of chocolate. Manushi, who was born 12 weeks early, weighed just 0.88lb – the same as a big bar of Cadbury’s chocolate – with her foot being the size of her father’s thumbnail. The youngster, from Rajasthan, India, who measured just 8.6 inches long, is thought to be the smallest surviving baby ever born in Asia.
The little girl who was born not breathing, with paper-thin skin and underdeveloped organs, is being discharged from hospital after six months, but still weighs just 5.2lbs. Despite being given a 0.5 per cent chance of surviving without brain damage, doctors say she appears intellectually normal.
Manushi’s mother Seeta, and father Giriraj said,”She’s just fought and fought and fought against all the odds, but she’s made it… She’s just fought and fought and fought against all the odds, but she’s made it.” 48 year old Seeta suffered dangerously high blood pressure during her pregnancy, with an ultrasound revealing an absence of blood flow to the foetus.
At just 28 weeks into her pregnancy , Seeta underwent an emergency c-section. Immediately she was born, Manushi was put on a ventilator and transferred to Jivanta Children’s Hospital NICU.
Dr Janged said, “When the baby was born, we were uncertain of what could happen. 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.”
He added, “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.’
In the first few days of Manushi’s life she lost weight, however, after seven weeks, she was able to start taking milk. She also underwent blood transfusions and had her respiratory support temporarily turned off, leading to her holding her breath in her sleep.