At just 28 weeks into her mother’s pregnancy, Baby Manushi from Rajasthan, India, was delivered via C-section. Her mother, Seeta, had been diagnosed with extremely high blood pressure, and doctors determined that the baby wasn’t receiving adequate blood through the placenta. It was a tough decision, but one that needed to be made quickly for the safety of both mother and baby.
When Baby Manushi entered the world, she weighed a mere 14 ounces. The odds were stacked against her survival, as she was tiny and many of her vital organs were underdeveloped, including her lungs, brain, heart, and kidneys. But this little girl was about to prove that miracles do happen.
For six months, Baby Manushi fought for her life in the neonatal intensive care unit. Slowly but surely, her organs began to develop, and she reached a milestone where the doctors felt confident enough to discharge her. At that time, she weighed 5.2 pounds, a remarkable achievement considering where she started.
From the moment she was born, Baby Manushi relied on a ventilator for breathing. Her chances of survival were less than 1%, but against all odds, she persevered. With her underdeveloped gut, she couldn’t be fed in the usual way, so doctors provided all the essential nutrients directly into her bloodstream.
A breakthrough came when Baby Manushi turned 7 weeks old and began breastfeeding. This was a significant sign of progress, indicating that she was becoming more independent in her breathing. Her other organs also started to grow normally. It was a testament to her strength and the determination of the medical team.
In a society where female children are sometimes undervalued, the doctors were determined to save Baby Manushi’s life and send a powerful message: every child, regardless of gender, deserves protection and care.
“We decided to save the life of the infant and give her the necessary medical care,” said Dr. Sunil Janged, the director of the hospital. “We wanted to send out a message that a girl child must be protected.”
Baby Manushi’s incredible journey makes her an inspiration to us all. While records show that the world’s lightest surviving baby is Emilia Grabarczyk, born in 2015 in Germany at just 8 ounces, Baby Manushi’s story is no less remarkable.
As we reflect on Baby Manushi’s journey, let us celebrate her triumph and wish her a bright and happy future ahead. Share this inspiring story with your loved ones on Facebook, spreading a message of hope and resilience.