Monday, April 16th, 2012
Luz Milagros Bouter, the premature baby who was spent 10 hours in an Argentinian morgue last week before being discovered to be alive, is making slight improvements despite ongoing medical concerns, Argentinian media sources are reporting. MedicalXpress.com reports on what the Argentinian news agency Telam says are some encouraging signs, including the fact that Luz was receiving some of her mother’s milk through a tube every 6 hours:
Bouter told Telam news agency that she was able to hold her daughter in her arms for the very first time on Friday.
“That’s very important for the recovery,” she said, adding that the baby was showing “slight improvement” in her breathing after suffering a cardiac arrest earlier this week and showing signs of pulmonary and gastrointestinal bleeding.
From now on, the mother will be able to hold her baby, who weighed only 800 grams (1.76 pounds) at birth, for a few minutes each day while nurses sanitize the incubator where Luz Milagros remains in the neonatal intensive care unit.
Luz is severely premature, having born at only 26 weeks gestational age.
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Friday, April 13th, 2012
The story of a baby in Argentina who was discovered to be alive after being taken to the hospital morgue and given up for dead has the world holding its breath as the girl, born at only 26 weeks gestational age, struggles with health complications typical of babies who are born severely premature.
USA Today reports:
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Tiny Luz Milagros, or “Miracle Light,” is suffering from sepsis and convulsions along with signs of neurological damage, said Dr. Diana Vesco, neonatology chief at the Perrando hospital in Resistencia in northern Chaco province. She said the baby is on a ventilator and being treated with antibiotics.
Her mother, Analia Bouter, said she got a supportive call from President Cristina Fernandez on Wednesday asking to see the baby once she’s out of intensive care.
That could be a while.
Luz Milagros faces a “risk of death commonly associated with her weight and gestational age at birth,” said Vesco.
The case became public Tuesday when Chaco’s deputy health minister, Rafael Sabatinelli, announced that five medical professionals had been suspended pending an official investigation of what happened.