A Survivor’s Story: Hyderabad’s Youngest COVID Patient Defeats Coronavirus Successfully

A Survivor’s Story: Hyderabad’s Youngest COVID Patient Defeats Coronavirus Successfully

A baby girl born with a weight of just 1,000 gm tested positive for coronavirus, one week after birth, but after 30 days of treatment, the baby has finally been discharged
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A Survivor’s Story: Hyderabad's Youngest COVID Patient Defeats Coronavirus SuccessfullyHyderabad's youngest #COVID19 patient, a month-old baby girl defeats coronavirus successfully and returns home. For her parents, she is their “miracle child”

New Delhi: Amidst the gloom and doom of the pandemic, here’s a story of hope and positivity – a month-old baby girl from Hyderabad defeated the deadly virus and returned home. One of the youngest COVID survivors, the baby weighed just 1000 grams at birth and contracted the coronavirus infection. Her discharge from hospital and journey home was nothing less of a miracle for her parents Rahul and Balamounika.

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Last month on April 17, when the baby girl was born preterm in the 28th week, her mother was still on ventilator battling COVID. In the second week of birth, the baby tested positive for SARS-COV2 and had to be put in the Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), on ventilator, where nurses played the role of her foster mother.

NDTV spoke to Dr C Aparna, Clinical Director – Neonatology and Senior Consultant Neonatology and Pediatrics, Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences to understand the challenges faced by the team of doctors in managing the youngest COVID-19 patient. Dr Aparna said,

It was a definitely a very-very challenging task. One of the primary challenges was transportation of this baby from a different hospital to ours at a birth weight of just 920 grams and who was on ventilatory support. So, a team of doctors had to go and get the baby transported safely by taking all the personal protective equipments thereby managing and tracking oxygen saturation levels of the baby.

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Further explaining the course of the treatment for the baby girl who recovered from COVID-19 in 30 days, Dr Aparna added,

When the baby tested positive, she was shifted to NICU isolation, and she was there for around 8 to 10 days. There the baby was managed via nasal ventilatory support. During this time as well, baby’s parameters had to be very carefully managed – all the staff members had to look after multiple things – prevention of any new infection, providing good nutrition, maintaining the oxygen saturation levels, blood pressure etc. Few days later, when the baby tested negative, we took her to the regular newborn ICU and continued monitoring for few days. We waited for few days so that the baby could reach optimal weight and her body could maintain temperature, breathing without additional medical help.

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Dr Aparna says this journey of getting the baby back to her home has been very exciting. She said,

It was heartening to see baby show signs of recovery. It motivated us to work harder. It is definitely a challenging task to keep monitoring and being with the baby at all the times wearing PPE kits.

Hyderabad’s youngest #COVID19 patient, a month-old baby girl defeats coronavirus successfully

Talking about the challenging time of waiting for their baby to come to them, Rahul father of the new-born said,

It was a very difficult time, but we are happy that we have our baby now with us and she is in good health. When we were not able to see the baby personally, Dr Aparna made sure we connected virtually and saw our baby. That gave my wife the much-needed support. In fact, my wife was also asked to breast pump the milk and send it across to the hospital which was then feed to the baby by the nurses. We are very grateful to everyone at the hospital who worked so hard and got our baby back..

Further talking about the rate of COVID-19 infections in newborns at the time of deliveries, Dr Aparna, who has helped deliver 40 babies with COVID positive mothers said,

The good news is that none of the babies tested positive initially at the time of delivery, which means that the rate of transformation of the infection through the womb is very less. However, we have seen that newborns are testing positive in the second or third week after the delivery and the rate of post-natal transformations are slightly high. So far, we have not registered any mortality for babies who tested positive. However, COVID in pregnancies have been little challenging to manage. Although the government and formal bodies have not come up with recommendation for planning pregnancies at the time of pandemic, on a personal note, we as doctors believe that this won’t be a safe time to plan any future pregnancies. However, women who are pregnant at this time, for them the government has now said in their guidelines that it is safe for them as well to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

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World

19,89,21,889Cases
6,44,02,340Active
13,02,83,678Recovered
42,35,871Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 194 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 19,89,21,889 and 42,35,871 have died; 6,44,02,340 are active cases and 13,02,83,678 have recovered as on August 3, 2021 at 3:55 am.

India

3,17,26,507 30,549Cases
4,04,9588,760Active
3,08,96,354 38,887Recovered
4,25,195 422Deaths
In India, there are 3,17,26,507 confirmed cases including 4,25,195 deaths. The number of active cases is 4,04,958 and 3,08,96,354 have recovered as on August 3, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

63,15,063 4,869

78,700 3,650

61,03,325 8,429

1,33,038 90

Kerala

34,25,473 13,984

1,65,834 2,057

32,42,684 15,923

16,955 118

Karnataka

29,08,284 1,285

24,045 123

28,47,627 1,383

36,612 25

Tamil Nadu

25,63,544 1,957

20,385 139

25,09,029 2,068

34,130 28

Andhra Pradesh

19,70,008 1,546

20,582 437

19,36,016 1,968

13,410 15

Uttar Pradesh

17,08,500 24

646 18

16,85,091 42

22,763

West Bengal

15,29,295 575

10,803 171

15,00,331 734

18,161 12

Delhi

14,36,401 51

538 44

14,10,809 95

25,054

Chhattisgarh

10,02,458 236

1,918 1

9,87,012 234

13,528 3

Odisha

9,79,737 1,032

13,318 820

9,60,386 1,785

6,033 67

Rajasthan

9,53,704 16

241 9

9,44,509 25

8,954

Gujarat

8,24,922 22

251 3

8,14,595 25

10,076

Madhya Pradesh

7,91,862 17

132 7

7,81,217 10

10,513

Haryana

7,69,956 14

703 12

7,59,614 25

9,639 1

Bihar

7,24,917 37

401 34

7,14,872 71

9,644

Telangana

6,45,997 591

8,819 54

6,33,371 643

3,807 2

Punjab

5,99,162 32

473 31

5,82,395 63

16,294

Assam

5,68,257 1,275

12,429 213

5,50,534 1,469

5,294 19

Jharkhand

3,47,223 23

239 15

3,41,855 38

5,129

Uttarakhand

3,42,198 37

574 35

3,34,261 71

7,363 1

Jammu And Kashmir

3,21,725 118

1,254 43

3,16,090 73

4,381 2

Himachal Pradesh

2,06,369 208

1,304 75

2,01,543 132

3,522 1

Goa

1,71,295 90

1,027 16

1,67,118 72

3,150 2

Puducherry

1,21,059 54

944 38

1,18,320 92

1,795

Manipur

99,872 541

9,814 591

88,480 1,120

1,578 12

Tripura

79,026 304

3,104 12

75,167 292

755

Meghalaya

65,939 350

5,843 200

58,987 537

1,109 13

Chandigarh

61,960 6

33 3

61,116 3

811

Arunachal Pradesh

48,565 305

3,508 167

44,823 469

234 3

Mizoram

40,111 748

12,316 127

27,642 618

153 3

Nagaland

28,004 59

1,300 44

26,130 99

574 4

Sikkim

26,880 126

3,323 131

23,211 256

346 1

Ladakh

20,345 5

57 0

20,081 5

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,650

15 9

10,631 9

4

Lakshadweep

10,207 12

79 4

10,078 8

50

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,539

6 1

7,404 1

129

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