Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 week ago | 05-08-2022 | 06:00 am
A premature two-day-old girl, who was buried alive, beat the odds to survive the ordeal.The baby was found buried alive in Gambhoi village in Sabarkantha, but a sequence of events ensured her discovery on time and adequate medical help to give her a fighting chance at survival.Kokilaben, a resident of Gambhoi village, around 18 km from Himmatnagar, screamed for help after she saw the dirt in her farmland moving on Thursday morning. Gujarat Electricity Board (GEB) employees, whose office is adjacent to Kokilaben’s farm, ran to help the terrified woman. They cleared the dirt to find a newborn baby girl gasping for breath in the dirt. The staff got the baby out even as others called the emergency ambulance service 108.Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) Prakash Vankar and ambulance pilot Arakha Tirgar under the guidance of a doctor in the control room used a suction pump to clear the baby’s airways. They then used a Bag Valve Mask (BVM) to give her temporary ventilation while they rushed her to the GMERS Himmatnagar MCH.Dr Geet Gunjan, HoD of Paediatrics who treated the baby toldMirrorthat the child is preterm and weighs just 1 kg, half the weight of a healthy full-term baby. “Her airways were temporarily cleaned, but we did it again and cleaned her with water too before putting her on a ventilator in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). All precautions are being taken to ensure full recovery of the child,” said Dr Gunjan.