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Hospital doctors nurse 445-gm baby back to health
By A Staff Reporter March 06, 2018
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DUBAI: Latifa Hospital doctors succeeded in saving the life of a baby born prematurely at 24 weeks in October after his mother developed a life-threatening condition.

With the intensive care and high quality services provided by the hospital, the baby who weighed 445 grammes at birth was discharged last week weighing 1.9 kilogrammes.

Dr Khaled El-Atawi, Consultant Neonatologist at Latifa hospital, said the baby was born prematurely after his Palestinian mother got preeclampsia and so needed to be operated on immediately to save her life and her baby’s life. The baby’s twin who was born with a weight of 385 grammes unfortunately did not survive.

Dr El-Atawi said preeclampsia is a pregnancy complication characterised by high blood pressure and signs of damage to another organ system, most often the liver and kidneys. Preeclampsia usually begins after 20 weeks of pregnancy in women whose blood pressure had been normal. Left untreated, preeclampsia can lead to serious — even fatal — complications for both the mother and the baby. If you have preeclampsia, the only cure is delivery of the baby. Dr El-Atawi said that after the baby was born, he was immediately treated at the hospital’s neonatal NICU— which is considered largest in the Northern Emirates with 64 beds— where the baby received intensive medical attention.

Dr El-Atawi said the golden hour approach was implemented immediately after birth. This approach includes a quick and efficient admission process of babies with extremely low birth weight and the stabilisation of the baby during the first hour with quick resuscitation.

The Golden Hour approach also includes the avoidance of hypothermia and acquisition of IV access for nutrition.

He added that fluid administration was also completed through a multidisciplinary tiny baby workgroup this includes neonatal resuscitation, post-resuscitation care, transportation of sick newborn to neonatal intensive care unit, respiratory and cardiovascular support and initial course in nursery.

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