The number of coronavirus infected people is rising at a rapid rate. Amid lockdown, a 27-year-old coronavirus positive mother gave birth to an uninfected baby girl weighing 3.6 kgs at Wockhardt Hospital, Mira Road. However, special precautions were undertaken to ensure that there was no contact between the mother and the newborn. The successful delivery of this baby girl brought happiness to the family, the doctors, nurses and other hospital staff.
Rashi Khanna (name changed) and 32-year-old Raahil Khanna (name changed)are the residents of Mira Road. They were gearing up for the first time to embrace parenthood. The couple was in home-quarantine since May 26. The food for them was provided by their neighbours.
After completing 39 weeks of pregnancy, as per the protocol, she underwent a coronavirus test on May 31. Though she was asymptotic her swab turned out to be positive. Then, her husband was also asked to undergo COVID test that was negative. Unfortunately, at the midnight of June 3, there was watery discharge she felt. Due to which, the patient was immediately admitted in the hospital for caesarean delivery.
What Doctor says
Dr Mangala Patil, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Wockhardt Hospital, Mira Road highlighted, “This was her first pregnancy and it was a planned section. Infection control protocols were followed by us. However, when she was brought to the emergency room, the hospital staff checked her by wearing Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). After which, she was taken to the operation theatre. The surgical team took additional care to ensure there was no contact between the mother and the child.”
Dr Patil added, “The delivery was successfully carried out and the baby was born weighing 3.6kgs. Immediately, the baby was isolated and shifted to the baby ward, and wasn’t allowed to breastfeed. However, the mother is in the COVID ward for the treatment. She was advised to wear a mask and take all the precautions. After 24 hours, the baby’s COVID swab was done that was negative. On the 7th day of admission, the mother’s COVID test will be done. If it turns out to be negative then both, the baby and mother will be discharged. Luckily, the baby is healthy and stable.
Patient’s husband Raahil (name changed) said, “After my test turned out negative, I was still under home quarantine. My neighbours would drop the food at my doorstep. Though my wife was COVID positive, I was assured that she would be fine. And my happiness knew no bounds after my baby’s birth and she turned out to be negative.”
“I couldn’t meet the baby or the mother. However, we were in touch via video calls. I am prepping up to welcome the mother and baby. Even sanitized the house. I thank the hospital and the doctors for their limitless efforts and prompt treatment,” added Raahil.