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India's youngest pre-term baby born at 22-weeks survives against all odds
Medical science in India has worked another miracle. A baby boy from the city of Mumbai has been termed as miracle boy as he fought for 132 days at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at a city hospital.

He is India's youngest and smallest premature baby who was born after a mere time of five and a half months (22 weeks). Nirvaan has a normal vision, a normal brain and a normal hearing potential. Born to a Bandra couple, Nirvaan is now all set to go home.

Bhupendra Avasthi, Director of Surya Child Care, Surya Hospital said, "Nirvaan had immature lungs at birth requiring ventilatory support right from the labour room. He required respiratory support for 12 weeks which included six weeks of ventilator support. Multiple doses of surfactant injections were instilled into the breathing tube to expand his lungs."

Adding to this the doctor said that the patient was a fighter and fought many complications such as air accumulation around the lungs and brain bleeding to emerge as a victor.

The baby boy, Nirvaan, was born on 12 May, 2017 after just 22 weeks of pregnancy. He was treated by a team of 14 doctors and 50 nursing staff. Nirvaan had a birth weight of 610 grams. His head size was 22 cm and a length of 32 cm. However, now Nirvaan weighs 3.72 kg.

According to the medical science, when it comes to 22-week gestation premature infants, 40-50 per cent of them are stillborn worldwide and the ones that are alive among them only 5 per cent tend to survive and the ones who survive tend to have various neurological disabilities, visual impairment, hearing loss and problems such as epilepsy.  

Owing to the fact that there were no reports of a 22-week surviving baby from anywhere else, the doctors said that the other hospitals were also limited in their experience in managing such babies.

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