Doctors at Paras Bliss Hospital Panchkula were able to successfully save the life of a new born baby with neonatal expertise and medical excellence. The 1 day old baby was suffering from respiratory complications and was admitted under the guidance of Dr Sorabh Goel, Consultant Neonatology. Paras Bliss Hospital Panchkula is one of the leading centres in the Tricity for neonatology and pediatric care.
According to Dr Sorabh Goel, “The baby was brought to the neonatal division of the hospital on the second day of his life. The baby boy was experiencing respiratory distress and impending respiratory failure. Our first instinct was to normalise the vitals and support the lungs. The baby was put on the ventilator, antibiotics were started and investigations were sent for the preliminary analysis. However the baby soon developed pneumothorax – which can be defined as air in the chest. This was caused due to pneumonia. This condition occurs when air leaks into the space between the lungs and chest wall and causes shortness of breath. To relive the air a drain was put in the chest of the baby.”
Post 2 days the baby’s condition improved, however the culture and the test results highlighted that the baby had sepsis or infection in the lungs and the blood report highlighted that an organism known as Burkholderia was there in his system. Burkholderia cepacia is a bacteria that can cause infections in the lungs and it can also affect individuals with low immunity adversely. The neonatal team immediately administered the antibiotics that were sensitive for Burkholderia and kept the baby under close observation.
Post 5 days from the date of admission, the baby’s tube was removed and the team was able to give full feeds to the baby. Moreover the baby was able to survive with minimum oxygen. The antibiotics were given to the baby to ensure that the pathogens were removed from the system. After 6 days, the baby was completely weaned off the oxygen.
By the 16th day, the baby was reported healthy and free from pneumonia and sepsis with all normal lab parameters and on full feeds without any supportive treatment
Dr Sorabh Goel highlights, “India has one of the worst neonatal mortality rates in the world. Every year, 26 lakh babies die worldwide within 28 days of birth, which is an average of 7,000 deaths every day. Of these, 6.4 lakh neonatal deaths occur in India. Respiratory, cardiac and neurological complications top the reasons for the same. It is important that if the newborn develops any complications, the baby should be immediately brought to a specialised hospital that has a well established level III NICU and a full time neonatologist. Lack of awareness and the absence of specialised doctors make the situation more complicated. Paras Bliss Hospital has a well established level III NICU developed on international standards with medical protocols of international recognition.”