In spite of the overwhelming chances against her, a young girl in India who was born weighing less than a chocolate bar has managed to survive.
At the time of her birth at 28 weeks, Manushi weighed just 14 ounces, and the size of her foot was comparable to that of her father’s thumbnail. Manushi is now six months old.
After her mother fell ill and her life was in jeopardy, a decision was made to perform an emergency cesarean section to deliver the baby.
She was only 8.6 inches long and had underdeveloped lungs, heart, brain, and kidneys in addition to having skin that was as thin as paper.
Unbelievably, she will be released from the neonatal intensive care unit at Jivanta Children’s Hospital in India where she has been a patient for the past half a year. Her discharge is scheduled for the following week.
She has maintained a healthy weight of 5.2 pounds.
Her mother Seeta, who is 48 years old, and her father Giriraj, who is 50 years old and hails from Rajasthan, India, refer to her as their very own miracle.
Seeta remarked that Arwen “she kept fighting and fighting and fighting against all of the obstacles, but she’s made it.”
During her pregnancy, Seeta suffered from dangerously high blood pressure, and an ultrasound performed when she was 28 weeks along revealed that there was insufficient blood supply to the placenta.
The decision to perform an emergency cesarean section was made by the medical staff on June 15, after which Manushi was placed on a ventilator and taken to the intensive care unit.
It was estimated that she had a chance of survival of only 0.5 percent.
The chief neonatologist at the hospital, Dr. Sunil Janged, stated that “when the baby was born, we did not know what could happen.”
Because she was having trouble breathing, she was immediately placed on an advanced respiratory support ventilator so that her lungs, which were still developing, could expand.
Because to the immaturity of her gut, she was unable to be fed in a sufficient manner.
“We had no choice but to start the infant on complete parenteral nutrition,” which essentially means administering all of the needed nutrients straight into the blood circulation. These nutrients include amino acids, lipids, carbs, minerals, multivitamins, and trace elements.
Little Manushi was able to begin drinking breast milk from her mother after a period of seven weeks.
She started breathing on her own very gradually, and both her brain and eyes are growing normally at this point.
“We decided to save the life of the infant and gave her necessary medical care and attention because we wanted to send out a message that a girl child must be protected,” continued the director of the hospital, Dr. Sunil Janged. “We offered her necessary medical care and attention.”
People in a state like Rajasthan, where female infanticide is commonplace, need to come forward and take action to put an end to this heinous practice.
It is believed that Emilia Grabarczyk, who was born in Witten, Germany in 2015 and weighed only 8 ounces at birth, is the tiniest baby that has ever been born.