Faridabad hospital claims record for brain surgery on underweight baby

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The baby, one of twins was born preterm at 33 weeks and suffered from seizures

A 20-day baby boy weighing just 1.160 kg has undergone brain surgery. Surgeons at Faridabad-based, Sarvodaya Hospital & Research Centre claim this is the first time that such a small baby has had a brain surgery in India that involved opening the skull.

Doctors removed a life-threatening blood clot from the brain which caused a seizure in the neonate. The condition would have proved fatal had it not been treated promptly.

Sarvodaya Hospital has applied for Limca Book of Records and Guinness Book of World Records to recognize this unheard-of surgical feat.

The premature baby was one among twins born preterm at 33 weeks to parents Deevakar Jha and Deepa Mishra. The baby, who cried late after birth, was referred to Sarvodaya Hospital for respiratory distress and perinatal asphyxia. A team of surgeons led by Dr. Pankaj Dawar and Dr. Mukesh Pandey took the child under their supervision.

The baby, who cried late after birth, was referred to Sarvodaya Hospital for respiratory distress and perinatal asphyxia

 

Explaining the case, Dr. Pankaj Dawar, Senior Consultant, Centre for Brain & Spine, Sarvodaya Hospital &Research Centre, said: “At birth, the baby weighed 1.160 kg, but had perinatal asphyxia and respiratory distress thereafter and was immediately admitted to Sarvodaya Hospital. He was put on ventilator for five days. On the 19th day of his birth, the baby suffered from seizure. A MRI scan revealed a large intracranial blood clot inside the skull, probably from bleeding disorder. On Day 19 of his birth and weighing only 1.160 kg, he was wheeled into the operation theatre for brain surgery. His skull was opened to expose her brain (mini-craniotomy) and the blood clot (hematoma) was successfully removed. With this, he has become the baby with the lowest weight to ever undergo brain surgery in India and probably in the world.”

Added Dr Manish Pahuja, Consultant, Department of Anaesthesia, Sarvodaya Hospital and Research Centre: “Brain surgery of a baby of such low weight has not been done before in the country. This requires very careful consideration and specialized equipment for anaesthesia.

The baby’s father Deevakar Jha said: “We thank the doctors of Sarvodaya Hospital from the bottom of our heart for saving the life of our child and conducting successful brain surgery when he was just a few days old. We had almost lost hope, but our son has been given a fresh lease of life and we look forward to bringing him up with all the care and in the best manner possible.”