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Times of India
26 August 2009
Pune, India
By Prasad Kulkarni

A seventeen–month–old mentally– and physically–challenged H1N1 positive baby boy, who was in a critical condition, has managed to survive at the Sassoon general hospital here. Being treated at the isolation ICU since August 13, the baby boy was discharged from the hospital on Tuesday.

According to doctors, the special child, who would suffer from convulsions, had to face several major complications during his battle for life. A total of 10 resident doctors and two lecturers were attending the child throughout his hospitalisation.

“The case was very complicated as the baby had major complications like acute respiratory distress syndrome, pneumonia, hypertension, anaemia and was passing blood in the urine,” associated professor, department of paediatrics, B J Medical College and Sassoon general hospital, Aarti Kinikar, told TOI.

The boy had other problems too. He is a patient of hypotonia (a disorder that causes low muscle tone, often involving reduced muscle strength), she said. In such a condition, a child cannot crawl, sit or walk, even after attaining a certain age.

“The boy was in a serious condition when he was brought to the hospital,” said Rajesh Kulkarni, a lecturer in the department of paediatrics. Kulkarni, who was instrumental in treating the boy throughout his stay in the hospital, said the boy was put on the ventilator for three days. After that, he was given oxygen support till August 22.

The boy’s father is a businessman, who has returned from the Gulf a month ago. His mother is a homemaker.

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