22-week-old preemie survives in Israeli hospitalAgainst all odds, despite weighing only 670g at birth, the baby is now completely healthy.
In April 2006, this baby was born at 22 weeks, weighing a mere 670 grams. Basically, this is ¼ the weight of a baby born at full term. Preemies born at this time do not usually survive. Eli Haba, the father, stated, “The doctors told me he had a 20% chance to live. And if he survives, he has a 90% chance of some impairment.”
The doctors were very gentle with Eli. Since the chance of survival is so low, the protocol in the hospital doesn’t allow for bringing in a specialist for premature birth to treat the baby. By accident, they thought he was born at 23 weeks and brought in the specialist. “If we had not made a mistake,” explains Dr. Dror Mendel, head of internal medicine at Danna, the Children’s Hospital of Ichilov, “he might not have survived. Even in medicine, there is a measure of luck.”
The baby’s luck continued as the doctors continued with devoted care. Dr. Mendel confirmed that this is the first case of a preemie surviving at 22 weeks in Israel. Dr. Irit Berger, Assistant Director of the Preemie Ward in Ichilov Hospital added, “His overall state is very good – breathing, neurological aspects. Of course, he must continue to be monitored for his development.”
“I am a father. I feel like I received a gift.” After 150 days in the hospital, Aharon goes home. Before leaving, the staff took a photo to commemorate this huge occasion for a little man.
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