28-week baby is mum’s eighth C-sec­tion

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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.”

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