A family is full of joy today after their baby girl, who was born weighing just 400g is growing into a happy, healthy child!
Manushi’s parents Seeta and Giriraj called Manushi their real-life miracle. “She’s just fought and fought and fought against all the odds, but she’s made it,” The happy parents said.
Little Manushi was born at just 28 weeks. An ultrasound had revealed an absence of blood flow to the fetus and Seeta was rushed in for an emergency C-section after her blood pressure shot up to extremely high levels.
Manushi was born just 8.6in long and weighing 400g. She struggled to breathe and had underdeveloped lungs, heart, brain, and kidneys. She had paper-thin skin and doctors said she only had a 0.5% chance of survival but God had other plans for this precious little girl.
The little girl is believed to be the smallest surviving baby in Asia. “She was struggling to breathe, so was immediately put on advanced respiratory support ventilator to expand her tiny, immature lungs. We had to start the baby on total parenteral nutrition, which basically means giving all the essential nutrients such as amino acids, carbohydrates, minerals and multivitamins directly into blood circulation.” Chief neonatologist Dr. Sunil Janged said.
Manushi’s medical costs amounted to about one million rupees (over $14,000) These costs were waived by the hospital because of the family’s low income.
“We decided 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. In a state like Rajasthan where female infanticide is rampant, people have to come forward and take a step to end this evil practice.” Dr. Janged revealed.
Last year, baby Manushi was discharged from the hospital at six months and went home a happy healthy child. Manushi is believed to be doing well, developing normally and thriving.
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