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Feb 13

A Life Saved Dolna’s Story

Dolna, a newborn baby, was in critical condition. Being only few days old, her normal breathing rate should have been between 30 and 60 per minute. However, her breathing rate was fluctuating drastically, causing discoloration and severe breathing problems.

 

Dolna was immediately admitted to SAJIDA Hopital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), where it was found that her breathing rate was 90 per minute; way above normal for an infant. The oxygen level in her body was not stable either. On top of that, the doctors discovered that she had abnormal heartbeat, which indicated to the probability of Dolna having a congenital heart disease. A heart disease can only be determined through an echocardiogram but Dolna’s condition was too severe to perform the test. So a child cardiologist was contacted, who provided consultation over the phone. But Dolna’s condition kept deteriorating. To save the child’s life, she was put on complete life support.

 

To everyone’s relief, her health gradually started to improve. Colour was returning to her skin and on the 5th day, she was put on partial life support (C-PAP). After her health stabilized, an echocardiogram was performed on her which revealed that she had some complexities in her heart. After receiving treatment for 24 days, Dolna’s condition improved significantly and she was well enough to be discharged from the hospital, into the care of her loving parents.

 

Despite suffering from severe breathing problems soon after she was born, baby Dolna’s condition improved drastically after being admitted to SAJIDA Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

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