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

17,66,30,634Cases
5,80,25,717Active
11,47,82,895Recovered
38,22,022Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 193 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 17,66,30,634 and 38,22,022 have died; 5,80,25,717 are active cases and 11,47,82,895 have recovered as on June 16, 2021 at 3:30 am.

India

2,96,33,105 62,224Cases
8,65,43247,946Active
2,83,88,100 1,07,628Recovered
3,79,573 2,542Deaths
In India, there are 2,96,33,105 confirmed cases including 3,79,573 deaths. The number of active cases is 8,65,432 and 2,83,88,100 have recovered as on June 16, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

59,24,773 7,652

1,41,440 8,982

56,69,179 15,176

1,14,154 1,458

Karnataka

27,77,010 5,041

1,62,303 9,859

25,81,559 14,785

33,148 115

Kerala

27,48,204 12,246

1,12,792 1,456

26,23,904 13,536

11,508 166

Tamil Nadu

23,78,298 11,805

1,25,215 11,669

22,23,015 23,207

30,068 267

Andhra Pradesh

18,20,134 5,741

75,134 4,879

17,32,948 10,567

12,052 53

Uttar Pradesh

17,03,207 270

7,221 890

16,74,072 1,104

21,914 56

West Bengal

14,68,044 3,268

20,046 1,125

14,30,949 2,068

17,049 75

Delhi

14,31,498 228

3,078 148

14,03,569 364

24,851 12

Chhattisgarh

9,88,172 609

11,717 943

9,63,113 1,544

13,342 8

Rajasthan

9,50,133 172

5,619 848

9,35,658 1,006

8,856 14

Odisha

8,59,526 3,405

44,358 3,436

8,11,780 6,799

3,388 42

Gujarat

8,21,078 352

8,884 658

8,02,187 1,006

10,007 4

Madhya Pradesh

7,88,649 224

3,610 331

7,76,424 528

8,615 27

Haryana

7,66,357 228

3,703 374

7,53,584 564

9,070 38

Bihar

7,17,949 410

4,360 412

7,04,075 813

9,514 9

Telangana

6,06,436 1,556

19,933 528

5,82,993 2,070

3,510 14

Punjab

5,89,153 628

10,802 1,111

5,62,701 1,691

15,650 48

Assam

4,66,590 3,415

41,184 475

4,21,378 2,906

4,028 34

Jharkhand

3,43,793 184

2,646 416

3,36,058 596

5,089 4

Uttarakhand

3,37,449 274

3,642 266

3,26,822 515

6,985 25

Jammu And Kashmir

3,08,726 715

12,407 1,125

2,92,114 1,830

4,205 10

Himachal Pradesh

1,99,197 321

4,050 382

1,91,737 691

3,410 12

Goa

1,63,048 327

4,175 231

1,55,926 548

2,947 10

Puducherry

1,13,192 355

4,668 279

1,06,828 629

1,696 5

Chandigarh

61,200 40

486 21

59,917 58

797 3

Manipur

61,096 785

8,744 301

51,354 476

998 8

Tripura

60,385 536

4,886 65

54,870 596

629 5

Meghalaya

42,759 450

4,430 99

37,579 542

750 7

Arunachal Pradesh

31,938 290

2,849 40

28,934 326

155 4

Nagaland

23,854 101

2,972 229

20,423 327

459 3

Ladakh

19,649 38

552 20

18,898 57

199 1

Sikkim

18,659 209

3,239 67

15,136 273

284 3

Mizoram

15,899 268

3,637 45

12,191 312

71 1

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,473 9

61 2

10,408 7

4

Lakshadweep

9,297 61

484 36

8,768 96

45 1

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,280 11

105 4

7,049 15

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