Abu Dhabi: Born healthy and prosperous, it took Baby Nasra another six weeks to be able to drink enough milk.
A minimally invasive procedure at Tawam Hospital cleared the obstruction or atresia of her small intestine, much to the relief of her parents.
âI have raised six other children and have never encountered this condition before. It is very painful to see a newborn baby cry even after a feed and to see him vomit over and over again. I am so grateful that this has finally been resolved and I am happy to see my daughter finally grow up well, âMohammad Al Muhairi, 60-year-old father, told Gulf News.
Regarding the symptoms
The Emirati security professional said his baby girl was born without any difficulty. But she had quickly started to vomit after feedings, much to her parents’ concern.
âHer yellow and green vomit worried us a lot, and we even tried to introduce formula to help her. But that didn’t help, so we rushed her to the doctor about a week later, âAl Muhairi said.
A series of tests and x-rays then revealed an obstruction in the first part of her small intestine, known as the duodenum.
âNasra was born with type 1 atresia, a congenital disease known to affect one in 5,000 newborns. Due to the narrowing, very little milk was absorbed and she suffered from persistent vomiting,â said Dr Moustafa Hamchou. , consultant pediatric surgeon in Tawam.
When her parents first took her to the emergency room, she had to be resuscitated because she was dehydrated and hungry. Once stabilized, her healthcare team opted for a laparoscopic approach to resolve her atresia.
âThis is usually done using a large transverse incision and the intestine is explored to remove any blockages. But this is a major surgery, so we decided to pursue a minimally invasive approach. We inserted a camera and instruments through three holes, and then corrected the narrowing in her bowel. It was essentially the same classic surgery that involved a longitudinal cut of the bowel, followed by a cross stitch, but the pain and recovery time were significantly shorter, âexplained Dr Hamchou.
Nasra quickly recovered from the procedure and was released within two days. Today, she is four months in good health and loves to play with her four older sisters at home. Al Muhairi said she was also particularly interested in the sounds and vivid colors that surrounded her.
âMy daughter is already babbling and playing and I am so relieved that she is completely fine now. It was very distressing for my wife and I to watch our newborn daughter cry all night long, and I am happy that minimally invasive surgery helped solve her problem, âsaid the father.
Dr Hamchou added that such minimally invasive procedures, although not always widely available for newborns, can provide an easier treatment approach even for newborns.