Motherhood: All love begins and ends there
Mrs Gowri was 7 months pregnant, looking forward to seeing her babies in just a couple of months. But her twin babies came to the world sooner than intended. They were born at 25 weeks 4 days. The long, arduous journey began right from the moment they were born. While Twin A cried at birth with an APGAR score of 5/10, Twin B did not and had an APGAR score of 1/10. The pre-term twins were intubated, given a surfactant doses and transferred to MGM Healthcare with bag and tube ventilation and a mechanical ventilator.
Primary consultant Dr Chandra Kumar, Senior Consultant, Paediatrics and Neonatology under the guidance and supervision of Dr Binu Ninan, Senior Consultant & HOD, Paediatrics & Neonatology performed all the procedures and oversaw the treatment of the babies. The babies were placed on ventilatory support for four days. After 28 days, Twin A was still reliant on oxygen. All precautions were made to assist the baby to breathe on its own. Despite this, the baby’s survival was dependent on oxygen. Twin A became was oxygen-free on the 71st day of life after receiving medical attention from the NICU for 70 days.
Twin B did not have spontaneous respiration at birth and had recurrent episodes of apnoea on day 25 of life and was reintubated. Twin A is now breathing in new life and doing well, gaining weight steadily and ready to go home with Mrs Gowri and her family. Our specialists are working tirelessly to ensure that Twin B goes home safely as well. The smile on the face of this doting mother with her twin babies in both her hands is what motivates us to do more, better.