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Multidisciplinary team saves mother and child’s life

Complicated pregnancies are becoming so frequent that medical facilities are being increasingly prepped for both normal and C-section cases. In a recent surgery at Medeor Hospital, Abu Dhabi, the medical team were faced with an unusual case of pregnancy.

A young Indian woman complained of severe abdominal pain at the time of admission. It was found from initial tests that she had an internal obstruction that needed to be removed critically. However, the fact that she was 28 weeks pregnant made the surgery difficult. Surgery could raise complications for her unborn child who was not fully prepared to be born.

"Conservative management was overruled as non-surgical treatment could not heal the severe pain effectively," said the Hospital's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Lalu Chacko. A multidisciplinary meeting was called upon by him that comprised of experts from Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Neonatology, General and Laparoscopic Surgery and Anaesthesia. They brainstormed on the best approach to proceed and decided on a Laparotomy.

To limit any chances of infection from spreading to the womb, a C-section was performed first. The premature baby – weighing only 1,250 grams – was entrusted into the immaculate care of Medeor's Level III NICU, perfectly capable of taking care of high-risk neonates from 26th week. Thereafter, the team proceeded with the Laparotomy through the abdomen, to gain access to and remove the obstruction.

Both mother and child recovered well after the surgery. "Thanks to the efforts of the team, this case was not only well managed but swiftly taken care of," added Dr. Lalu. "We take the utmost precaution to ensure that the mother's infections or complications do not pass on to the baby. "

The mother and child hospital also boasts of superb infertility management, advanced Laparoscopic Surgeries, pre and post-menopausal hormonal counseling, and Cancer awareness and detection, among other specialized services.

For appointments, call Medeor Hospital, Abu Dhabi at 800 55.