As a testimony to advances in neonatal medicine, the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS) has been able to nurse to health a premature baby, who was born at 24 weeks of gestation (16 weeks early) with a birth weight of 390 grams.
The hospital has claimed that this is the smallest baby to have survived in the country so far. He was born to a 34-year-old woman on October 8, 2013. He is her first baby. She had been married for 13 years and had undergone fertility treatment.
When he was born, he had a poorly expanded lung and breathing difficulties.
Hence, the baby was put under medication to expand the lung and was on ventilator for two months.
He required CPAP, a form of respiratory support, for another three weeks.
He was put on intravenous nutrition from the very first day and later oral protein supplements, along with special formula, were given. This resulted in remarkable improvement in his weight. He weighs 1,700 grams now. Months later, the infant has been discharged with no major problem, the hospital authorities said.