Miracle at birth in Odisha: 1.1 kg newborn saved from ‘rare condition’ by AIIMS paediatric surgeons

Bhubaneswar: In a remarkable display of medical prowess, the Department of Paediatric Surgery at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Bhubaneswar has achieved a monumental success by saving the life of a very low birth weight (1.1 kg) newborn afflicted with duodenal atresia.

Duodenal atresia is an exceptionally rare condition, an AIIMS spokesperson said today.

The infant, whose name is being withheld for privacy reasons, was born prematurely with duodenal atresia in the hospital, a congenital anomaly characterised by a blockage in the first part of the small intestine known as the duodenum. This condition, occurring in approximately 1 in 10,000 live births, poses a significant threat to the newborn’s life if not promptly addressed.

Upon admission to AIIMS-Bhubaneswar Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the baby was in critical condition, battling not only the challenges of prematurity but also the life-threatening complications associated with duodenal atresia. Recognising the urgency of the situation, the team of dedicated paediatric surgeons, Dr. Bikasha Tripathy, Dr. Subrat Sahoo, Dr. Aditya Manekar; under the leadership of the Head of Department, Dr. Manoj Kumar Mohanty, swiftly devised a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to the fragile state of the newborn.

“The case presented a unique set of challenges due to the extreme prematurity of the baby coupled with the complexity of duodenal atresia. However, we were determined to provide the best possible care and outcomes for the baby,” stated Dr. Manoj Mohanty.

The surgical intervention involved delicate procedures aimed at correcting the obstruction in the duodenum and restoring the normal flow of nutrients through the digestive tract. Despite the inherent risks associated with operating on such a fragile newborn, the surgical team demonstrated exceptional skill and precision throughout the procedure.

Following the successful surgery, the newborn was closely monitored in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). A team of Neonatology doctors, led by Dr. Tapas Som, Dr. Pankaj Mohanty, Dr. Jagadish Sahoo, Dr. Tanushree Sahoo; provided round-the-clock care to ensure the baby’s stable recovery. Despite initial concerns regarding the post-operative complications, the infant exhibited remarkable resilience, surpassing all expectations with each passing day.

“We are thrilled to report that the newborn has responded exceptionally well to treatment and is making steady progress towards recovery. This case serves as a testament to the collaborative efforts of our team and the unwavering determination to overcome even the most challenging medical obstacles,” remarked Dr. Manoj Mohanty.

The successful outcome of this complex case has not only brought immense relief to the newborn’s family but also garnered widespread recognition for the Department of Paediatric Surgery at AIIMS-Bhubaneswar. It underscores the pivotal role of specialized paediatric care in saving the lives of the most vulnerable members of society. A similar case, 1.1 kg premature baby with jejunal atresia was successfully managed by the same team a few weeks ago.

As the infant prepares to embark on the journey of growth and development, the remarkable success story serves as a beacon of hope for countless families grappling with similar medical challenges. It reaffirms the commitment of healthcare professionals to push the boundaries of medical science in pursuit of better outcomes for all.

In the wake of this extraordinary achievement, the Department of Paediatric Surgery at AIIMS Bhubaneswar remains steadfast in its mission to deliver excellence in paediatric healthcare, setting new benchmarks in the field of neonatal surgery and inspiring hope for a brighter, healthier future.

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