Newborn Emergency Stabilization and Transport (NEST) Facility saves the life of a baby


 A team of experts from Fortis Hospital, Anandapur, Kolkata successfully saved the life of a baby girl with the help of the modern transport incubator. This is the first time in the city that a Newborn Emergency Stabilization and Transport (NEST) Facility was put to work to save life of a baby. The emergency procedure was conducted under the expert supervision of Dr Sumita Saha, Consultant Paediatrician and Neonatalogist, Fortis Hospital, Anandapur in Kolkata.

A call was made for urgent requirement of transferring a sick newborn from Howrah. A 35 years old lady was pregnant for only 25 weeks when suddenly she went into labour and was about to deliver an extremely premature baby.  Dr Sumita Saha set out with the transport incubator and her team. The expecting mother had two earlier miscarriages and it was paramount to save the baby this time!

Speaking about the incident, Dr Sumita Saha said, “When I reached the nursing home with the transport incubator along with a NICU sister from Fortis Hospital, Anandapur, the baby was delivered by normal vaginal delivery. She was just 800 gm and was struggling hard to breathe. She was resuscitated, put on a ventilator and subsequently we brought the baby to our Hospital while being ventilated. The transfer was smooth and un-eventful, as it should be! The baby was taken off ventilator after 5 days. Within 10 days the baby was breathing without assistance.”

After some time, the family decided to shift to a semi charitable hospital citing financial constraints. Unfortunately, there the baby again became unwell as she contracted a life threatening infection ie septicemia. She had very low level of oxygen in her blood and there was bleeding in her brain.  Her kidney was not working, heart was not maintaining blood pressure and she was back to ventilation.  To treat the baby who was now again on ventilation, with lots of guilty feeling parents called Dr Sumita Saha again.  It was decided to shift the baby back to Neonatology ICU (NICU) in Fortis Hospital, Anandapur. After more than a month’s intensive care, the baby was discharged home in a completely healthy condition with no complication!