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Doctors rescue newborn from flesh-eating bacteria
By Ashraf Padanna February 11, 2019
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TRIVANDRUM: Aster DM Healthcare, spread across the GCC and in India, has made yet another achievement in saving lives using the latest technologies.

Doctors at the Aster CMI Hospital, Bangalore, saved a 25-day old baby infected by a life-threatening superbug in a combined effort with a Good Samaritan.

The baby girl from a small town of Jharkhand was suffering from a rare infection of the skin called Necrotising Fasciitis or flesh-eating disease with a high mortality rate.

Team effort and multidisciplinary management, a neonatologist, plastic surgeon and paediatrician ensured the child’s recovery and survival.

“The baby will now be able to lead a normal life,” the group said in a statement here on Sunday.

Within five days of her birth, she was noticed to have pus-filled vesicles on the skin over the right chest wall.

Although she was administered with injectable antibiotics before arrival, the child’s condition continued to worsen with superficial infection eating away her skin and muscles.

The infection spilled into her bloodstream causing high grade fever, poor feeding and respiratory distress threatening her life, leaving the parents helpless.

As her condition deteriorated, she required to be referred for further management and a close family friend reached out to the pediatric team of Aster CMI, it said.

He even agreed to foot the bill of the poor family’s travel. Doctors came to her rescue, immediately flown her to Bangalore and received her at the airport leaving no chances.

She had necrotising fasciitis of the right anterolateral chest wall following neonatal pustulosis, a group of disorders characterised by various forms of highly inflammatory skin condition resulting in large fluid-filled blister like areas seen in first four weeks of life.

The child had an innocuous-looking superficial skin infection manifesting as small pus-filled boils which then eroded into the skin and underlying fascia and muscle to cause local destruction of tissues.

The bug commonly known as Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) is a very potent bacteria. She received appropriate antibiotics, wound debridement and skin grafting.

“After the initial assessment, we realised that the child was in a complicated condition,” it quoted Dr KA Sudheer, a neonatologist at the hospital, as saying.

“She was severely septic, and the chest was being rapidly eaten away leaving a gaping defect over the skin which would definitely leave a scar.”

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