‘ Mir­a­cle’ baby brings joy

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DE­SPITE trag­i­cally los­ing five ba­bies though mis­car­riages over the past decade, a Sy­den­ham wo­man re­fused to give up on be­com­ing a mother.

Now, af­ter ground­break­ing surgery, Jaishni Naidu has be­come one, af­ter re­cently giv­ing birth to a healthy baby boy.

Naidu, 42, un­der­went KwaZulu-Natal’s first la­paro­scopic ab­dom­i­nal cer­clage, a del­i­cate pro­ce­dure to help re­in­force the cervix – fully aware that she and her baby could die.

But they both de­fied the odds and Naidu gave birth on Septem­ber 14.

Her son, who is yet to be of­fi­cially named, weighed 2.2kg.

The la­paro­scopic ab­dom­i­nal cer­clage is a high risk pro­ce­dure and is usu­ally per­formed in the first or sec­ond trimester.

In a fear­less ef­fort to save baby and mother, sur­geon Dr Abdul Karim Is­mail went ahead with the un­pre­dictable pro­ce­dure in Naidu’s 22nd week of pregnancy.

“I per­formed a few small 1cm cuts on her tummy and a stitch was placed around the lower part of the uterus, keep­ing it closed and thereby strength­en­ing the cervix.

“The ul­tra­sound be­fore the operation showed the cervix be­ing open and two days af­ter the operation a re­peat ul­tra­sound showed the cervix was now closed,” said Is­mail.

The operation took three and a half hours.

“The first ques­tion I asked was if my baby was okay and when the nurse said yes, I cried. Joy was surg­ing through my body,” said Naidu.

She said Is­mail was a rare find.

“With­out him baby would not be here. He is a gifted, in­cred­i­ble doc­tor.”

To this, he said Naidu was de­ter­mined not to give up on her dream of hav­ing a child.

The New West Sec­ondary School teacher, who has been married to her hus­band Kiruban for 10 years, said prior to meet­ing Is­mail she did not know why she was un­able to carry to full term.

“The gy­nae­col­o­gists could not ex­plain the rea­sons for the mis­car­riages. My wa­ter used to break and I would bleed from weeks 12 to 20. In 2012 was my worst ex­pe­ri­ence. I lost my boy at 20 weeks. My wa­ter broke and I went into full labour with an epidu­ral. He was born at 600g and lived for 45 min­utes.”

Not want­ing to go through an­other trau­matic or­deal, the Naidus de­cided to adopt and in 2016 com­pleted all the nec­es­sary pa­per­work.

But in Fe­bru­ary last year, the adop­tion had to be put on hold when Naidu fell sick dur­ing a Valen­tine’s Day con­cert.

Be­liev­ing it was the flu, she went to her lo­cal GP for a flu vac­cine only to dis­cover she was preg­nant.

“I sim­ply couldn’t be­lieve it. It was a great shock be­cause my pre­vi­ous gy­nae­col­o­gist did not do a D&C (a pro­ce­dure to re­move tis­sue from in­side the uterus) and merely ad­vised me not to try for an­other pregnancy.”

Doc­tors per­form D&C to di­ag­nose and treat cer­tain uter­ine con­di­tions or to clear the uter­ine lin­ing af­ter a mis­car­riage or abor­tion.

In March, Naidu was re­ferred to Is­mail, who picked up that she had an in­com­pe­tent cervix. He also dis­cov­ered that pres­sure of the fluid around the baby was in­creas­ing, caus­ing the cervix to thin.

Is­mail ad­mit­ted Naidu to hospi­tal for 94 days.

Twelve weeks into her pregnancy, he per­formed a Shi­rod­kar Stitch.

It is a stitch that is ap­plied to the cervix to keep it closed, pre­vent­ing a mis­car­riage and al­low­ing the mother to carry her pregnancy to term.

Ac­cord­ing to Is­mail this was usu­ally the safest treat­ment.

But when Naidu was 21 weeks, he no­ticed that the cervix was open­ing de­spite the pro­ce­dure. He re­ferred her to foetal spe­cial­ist Dr Is­mail Bho­rat, who con­firmed this find­ing.

Bho­rat was im­pressed that the baby was in great health but had his doubts.

Naidu then re­turned to Is­mail, who con­sid­ered ev­ery med­i­cal op­tion be­fore turn­ing to the la­paro­scopic ab­dom­i­nal cer­clage pro­ce­dure.

“This pro­ce­dure has not been done pre­vi­ously in a pa­tient that was so ad­vanced in her pregnancy in KZN and there are no re­ports or doc­u­men­ta­tion of it be­ing done any­where in South Africa af­ter 16 to 18 weeks of pregnancy. I read up on case re­ports of the pro­ce­dure in other coun­tries and de­cided this would be the ideal operation and the best chance for Mrs Naidu at this stage in her pregnancy.”

Af­ter gain­ing con­sent from Naidu and Bho­rat, Is­mail made the nec­es­sary ar­range­ments for the operation.

The beam­ing mommy is now safely at home with her hus­band and her lit­tle bun­dle of joy, who is fondly re­ferred to as “Baby Naidu” un­til a spe­cial nam­ing prayer on Oc­to­ber 6.

Her ad­vice to women go­ing through sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tions: “God has a pur­pose for your pain, a rea­son for your strug­gles and and a re­ward for your faith­ful­ness. Don’t give up. God also sends peo­ple to help you ac­com­plish your dreams. He sent me to Dr Is­mail, a pro­fes­sional with a gift in his hands. God sent to me friends and fam­ily who never stopped en­cour­ag­ing me, and gave me a sup­port­ive, lov­ing hus­band.”

Jaishnu Naidu’s mir­a­cle baby boy.

Dr AK Is­mail

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