Not one single person thought that she would survive. When little Manushi was born she weighed only 400 grams and her skin was a very purple tint – the odds of her surviving were very slim. Now her amazing story is spreading to every corner of the globe.
Her amazing journey began on June 15, 2017. 48-year-old Seeta from India was in her 28th week of pregnancy, and it was far too early for her to give birth..
Seeta’s blood pressure got so high during her pregnancy that it became dangerous. When she was 28 weeks into her pregnancy, doctors performed an ultrasound which revealed something that neither she or anyone wants to find out. They discovered that there was no blood flow to the placenta, a worrying sign that could be fatal to the baby.
The doctors were faced with a risky decision, they would have to perform an acute cesarean section.
When little Manushi was born, her tiny foot was the size of her father Giriraj’s fingertip, astonishing everyone in the room. She weighed only 400 grams and measured only 21 centimeters long. If you compare this to a new born baby, which needs to weigh at least 2.5 kilograms at birth to be considered healthy, and most newborns will have an average length of 50 centimeters.
When Manushi was brought into this world she was not breathing, as newborns lungs normally mature 34 weeks into the cycle. But her family were not going to give up on her. Little Munushi was immediately moved to intensive care where she was put on artificial respiration.
Most of her organs had not yet developed and her skin was very fragile and sensitive.
“When the baby was born, we were not sure what would happen. Saving a baby this size was a big challenge,” Sunil Janged, director of the neonatal department at the hospital where the baby was born, told El País, adding: “… After seven weeks Manushi managed to get milk, and gradually began to breathe on her own. Her brain and eyes began to develop as well. During her stay at the hospital she received multiple blood transfusions.”
7 months old
But Manushi is much more than just a girl, she’s the whole of India’s girl, explains the doctor.
“We decided to save the baby’s life and gave her all the medical help she needed for us to show that all girls should be protected,” says the doctor. He explains that in the state of Rajasthan newborn baby girls are often killed, just for being girls, and that this type of barbarianism needs to end.
Manushi’s story has since reached every corner of the globe and it is hoped that her rescue will help protect other girls around India. Her chances of survival were slim and none, but on January 15, 2018, she was finally healthy enough to go home. She now weighs 2.4 kilos and is 7 months old.
Mom Seeta, 48, and dad Giriraj, 50, are from Rajasthan and have been married 33 years. They believe their baby girl a miracle and it is very easy to agree with this!
“She fought and fought and struggled against all odds… and made it,” says the joyful mother.
Little Manushi is one very tough cookie to defy all those odds. Please share Manushi’s amazing journey with your friends and family. The doctors who worked so tirelessly to save her also deserve praise for their outstanding work!