28-week baby is mum’s eighth C-section
By 7DAYS News Team A mother has undergone her eighth caesarian section after going in to labour at 28 weeks.
Surgeons at Burjeel Hospital Abu Dhabi had to perform the procedure when the woman suffered severe complications.
The mother, referred to only as Mrs El Haji, a 33-year-old Lebanese national living in the UAE, had undergone cesarean procedures for each of her previous seven pregnancies.
El Haji was in extreme pain and complained of severe backache, heavy cramps, increased pressure in the pelvis area and frequent contractions when she arrived at the hospital.
Dr Sausan Abdul Rahman, Consultant - Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Burjeel Hospital Abu Dhabi, said: “We were particularly concerned about Mrs El Haji’s health because she had undergone seven C-section operations for each of her past pregnancies. Patients who have had several of these operations stand the risk of the uterus rupturing, so we couldn’t take the chance. It could be life-threatening. Plus, we need to prioritise the safety of her child.” The hospital said premature birth (before 37 weeks of pregnancy) is the most common cause of neonatal death.
Premature babies, especially those born at less than 32 weeks of pregnancy, can develop serious complications, such as respiratory problems, internal bleeding, intestinal inflam- mation and infections such as meningitis.
“Considering all the options, we decided to perform an emergency C-section on Mrs El Haji,” said Dr Sausan.
The surgical team carried out the procedure and safely delivered baby Mouza Mohammed, an Emirati national.The infant was placed in the neonatal intensive care unit.
“Both mother and daughter are now doing very well and are out of danger,” said Rahman.
“Surgery on high risk patients with a past history of numerous C-sections is not easy. In addition, saving baby Mouza’s life was highly imperative.”
SAFE: Mouza Mohammed is doing well, doctors say