A 28-week-old baby miraculously survived her premature birth.
Little Manushi was born in India weighing .88lbs (0.39kg) — the weight of a chocolate bar. Her feet were as small as her dad's thumbnail, and her condition gave her family little hope that she would survive.
A few months later, the little girl defied expectations after successfully fighting for her survival. She was later discharged from Jivanta Children's Hospital NICU hospital in Rajasthan.
Her mother Seeta, 48, and father Giriraj, 50, called Manushi their "real-life miracle."
“She's just fought and fought and fought against all the odds, but she's made it,” her parents said.
Seeta had suffered from severe high blood pressure during the course of the pregnancy. Her ultrasound revealed that there was no blood flow to the fetus and when Seeta’s blood pressure rocketed, Manushi was delivered prematurely through an emergency C-section in Rajasthan — risking the lives of both the mother and the child.
Manushi was born with underdeveloped heart, lungs, brain, and kidneys. She had paper-thin skin and was given a 0.5% chance of survival.
Measuring just 8.6 inches at birth, Manushi is believed to be the smallest surviving baby in Asia.
Chief neonatologist Dr. Sunil Janged said: “She was struggling to breathe, so was immediately put on advanced respiratory support ventilator to expand her tiny, immature lungs.”
“We had to start the baby on total parenteral nutrition, which basically means giving all the essential nutrients such as amino acids, carbohydrates, minerals, and multivitamins directly into blood circulation,” the doctor continued.
He added: “We decided to save the life of the baby and offer her necessary medical care and attention because we wanted to send out a message that a girl child must be protected. In a state like Rajasthan where female infanticide is rampant, people have to come forward and take a step to end this evil practice.”