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BMJ Case Rep. 2014 Jun 4;2014. pii: bcr2013200949. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2013-200949.

Miracle baby: managing extremely preterm birth in rural Uganda.

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Department of Medical School, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK.
2
Department of Medical School, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK.

Abstract

Preterm birth is an important cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality globally. Uganda has one of the highest rates of preterm birth in East Africa but few resources to care for these infants. This case highlights the clinical course of an extremely premature infant born at 26 weeks gestation to a nulliparous 24-year-old woman. Her mother was involved in her care and taught the principles of kangaroo mother care. After initial problems establishing feeds she progressed well and was discharged in the fifth week of life. The case describes some of the low technology conservative and medical measures which can be used to care for neonates, such as antenatal steroids and kangaroo care. The use of antibiotics and aminophylline are also discussed. The approach to the common challenges faced by premature infants such as respiratory disease, sepsis and necrotising enterocolitis in a resource-poor environment are discussed.

PMID:
24898993
PMCID:
PMC4054123
DOI:
10.1136/bcr-2013-200949
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