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Fortis doctors save swine flu patient, her foetus

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Doctors at Escorts Heart Institute (FEHI) managed to protect a 24-week foetus from by treating the would-be mother tested positive for H1N1 virus.

Swapnil Mishra, 30, from Noida was admitted to the hospital with fever, and When her condition worsened and blood oxygen level went extremely low, she was put on ventilator.

As Mishra's condition continued to deteriorate, doctors opted for (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) machine, which acts as a heart-lung It can support and perform functions of lung and heart, separately as well as together.

With the use of her blood oxygen level started showing improvement. Since she had tested positive for H1N1 virus, we had to treat her with anti-virals like oseltamivir, said Vineeta Goyal, Senior at FEHI, in a statement on Monday.

Meanwhile, a too monitored her situation and the health of foetus through repeated ultrasounds. After 15 days, patient was weaned off and her foetus was alive and thriving, Goyal said.

The ECMO circuit acts as an artificial heart and lung for the patient during ECMO therapy and can be used for patients of all ages.

However, ECMO also involved complications like bleeding, intrauterine foetal death and All this was explained to the family, doctors said.

"This is the first reported case in of a pregnant patient where both the mother and the foetus survived. It was a challenging case, fraught with complications and risks," said Kousar Ali Shah, Director, at the hospital.

Incidence of is increasing at an alarming rate in the country. According to the of Health Services, so far 1,196 people have been diagnosed with the

H1N1, a self-limiting viral, spread from person-to-person through large droplets generated by coughing and sneezing, indirect contact by touching a contaminated or surface like phone, computer, door handle, door bell, pens, toys, and close contact (including handshaking, hugging and kissing).



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First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 18:04 IST