India's first 'Harlequin Baby' dies at Nagpur hospital

The first Harlequin Baby of India, daughter of a farmer couple from Wadi, died on Monday evening at 4.40 pm in Lata Mangeshkar Hospital, Nagpur

On June 12, mid-day reported about the child being born with the rare genetic disorder. Doctors could have identified it in the fetus if the mother had gone for prenatal checkups.

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"The child had problem of oxygen saturation so we gave her oxygen. In kind of cases new born babies generally have respiratory problem along with dehydration. Also, they are very infection prone. We did our best to keep the baby alive but couldn't because of health complications," said Dr Kajal Mitra, head of the hospital.

"The child had problem of oxygen saturation, so we gave her oxygen. In such kind of cases newborn babies generally have respiratory problem along with dehydration. Also, they are very infection prone. We did our best to keep the baby alive but couldn't because of health complications," said Dr Kajal Mitra, head of the hospital.

The child was kept in the ICU to protect her from any infection. But, on Monday morning, she developed respiratory problem and was provided oxygen.

The child suffered from a very rare genetic skin disease that occurs in one out of 300,000 newborn babies. At birth, the baby's whole body gets covered with thick white plates of skin that develops cracks. Also, other body parts like eyes, mouth, ears, fingers may get contracted. These cracks often contracts infections.

The baby was born on June 11 in the hospital at 12.45 am.

"The chances of survival of such babies are very less. The baby was born without any skin and her external organs like eyes, ears, hands, legs didn't develop properly," added Mitra.

Taking to mid-day, Dr. Yash Banait, who was providing treatment to the baby, stated on Sunday that, in India, treatment of such disease is still limited. “Facilities for treatment of such a skin disease are still available in limited numbers. The facilities are better abroad," said Dr Banait.

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1 Comments

  • nick14-Jun-2016

    Heartbreaking, RIP.Editors - please put a graphic warning label or blur on your front page. A dead baby on the front page of your website is shocking and potentially upsetting to many.

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