Life Saving Stories

When life was hanging with a thin thread…

Patient: Baby of Seemaben
Consultant doctor: Dr. Manish Mehta

Case summary:

Child birth in a family brings with it a lot of happiness and celebrations. Parents always wish for a healthy child but some children unfortunately are born with birth defects. Happy world of Mr. Sunilkumar Narsindhi and Mrs. Seemaben Narsindhi came crashing down when they came to know that their one day old cute little girl is suffering from a birth defect known as gastroschisis. The little baby girl was admitted in Synergy Neonatal & Pediatric Centre.

Gastroschisis is a birth defect in which the baby’s intestines stick outside the baby’s body, through a hole beside the belly button. The hole can be small or large and sometimes other organs, such as the stomach and liver, can also stick outside the baby’s body.

“This baby was suffering from congenital intestinal problem known as gastroschisis. Normally, gastroschisis can be treated by performing surgery. Sunilbhai & Seemaben were under stress as she was their first baby and wanted me to perform surgery as soon as possible. Surgery was performed twice. This allowed sepsis to occur and it was suspected that baby was moving in DIC ”, said Dr. Manish Mehta, treating doctor who along with Dr. Vishal Kacchy and Dr.Snehal Vala runs Synergy Neonatal and Pediatric Centre.

Started in 2007, Synergy Neonatal and Pediatric Center is a pediatric super-speciality hospital comprising 30 beds including 6 bed level III PICU (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit), 14 bed Level-III NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit), fully equipped operation theatre and different rooms. This hospital has two branches, one at Maninagar and other at Vasna. The Hospital has round the clock availability of pediatrician. The hospital provides comprehensive pediatric care under one roof for all the neonatal and pediatric problems starting from that of premature babies to children up to 14 years of age.

How Prathama donors saved a life:

Talking about this baby Dr. Manish shared that the situation was critical and during surgery and post-surgery also, almost 12 units of blood components were required to save this baby. He also shared that 2 units of red blood cells, 9 units of platelets and 1 unit of fresh frozen plasma was transfused to her.

“We only know that blood components for our baby were arranged within no time from Prathama and that too without replacement. We were under tremendous stress because we were worried about our new born baby. We did not have donors to replace blood when we needed blood, but got all the units without replacement from Prathama. Blood components demanded by the treating doctor were made available from Prathama just like we get medicine from medical store.” said Mr. Sunil Kumar, father of the baby.

Her parents were thankful to all the voluntary blood donors who selflessly donated blood, without knowing that for whom they are donating. Talking about voluntary blood donation, Dr. Manish Mehta says,” Donation in any form is good but blood donation is the best because it can save someone’s life. It neither harms you nor costs you. You only need the desire for giving.”

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