Kochi: She weighed mere 380g at birth – just the size of a palm. She couldn’t breathe properly let alone cry. Doctors had predicted just one percent chance for the baby to survive. But little Kashvi did above and beyond expectations. Now, after three months she weighs 1.6 kg.
Dr. Rojo Joy of Lourdes Hospital in Ernakulam describes Kashvi’s survival as miracle. Kashvi, is the lightest baby born in Kerala till date and the second in south India.
Kashvi was born to Dr. Digvijay and Shivangi on May 1. Digvijay is a medical student at orthopedic department at Lourdes. Shivangi was admitted at hospital due to stomach pain. As complications increased doctors decided to take the child out of the womb as miscarriage had happened thrice before.
Kashvi was born at 23rd week of fetus development. She was just a palm big, said Digvijay. Only the feeble heart beat indicated life. She was given artificial respiration with help of tube. Special care was given to underdeveloped internal organs. To avoid kidney damages, medicines were reduced. Breastmilk was given from day two onwards using tube.
Special facilities were arranged for Kashvi at the hospital, said Fr. Shaiju Augustine Thoppil, Director of Lourde Post Graduate Institute of Medical Science and Research.
Kashvi was put on ventilator for 16 days. She also suffered, vision issues seen in premature born babies which was rectified with treatment, doctor said.
After she started breathing without external support, she was shifted to newborn ICU. For two months she was admitted here. On August 7, she finally came come. However, regular checkups are to be continued.