One of the smallest babies ever to outlive supply in Brooklyn is finally going home, at a wholesome weight, after six months of residency within the neonatal intensive care unit at Brookdale Hospital.
Child Raneem Almohana, the daughter of Hager Musleh and Salah Almohana of East New York, was born on Jan. 29 weighing lower than a pound, at simply 13.2 ounces or 375 grams. Her outstanding survival places her among the many tiniest infants ever efficiently delivered within the 5 boroughs.
Raneem was delivered three months untimely, with out having absolutely gestated in her mother’s womb. Since she was born so early, she had not absolutely developed by the point she got here into the world by way of Caesarean part. Raneem was intubated on a respiration tube for 3 months within the NICU, however even after coming off the tube she would nonetheless have one other three months to go within the unit, the place workers labored across the clock to make sure her dietary wants had been met and that circumstances had been proper to make sure her survival.
“From the delivery room, to the critical ICU period, to this day, Raneem continues to inspire and motivate the entire [One Brooklyn Health] Brookdale physician and nursing NICU team to work harder and harder, just knowing that we could provide world-class, excellent care to this miracle infant and to our community,” mentioned Dr. Kemi Mascoll-Robertson, a neonatologist at Brookdale who has attended to Raneem’s medical wants.
NICU workers are actually happy to say that the day has finally come: Raneem was discharged from Brookdale this week and can finally be heading home after one final surgical procedure.
Dr. Mascoll-Robertson mentioned that whereas babies born at 28 weeks like Raneem should not unusual, what made her so particular was that she weighed a few third of what regular babies weigh at the moment in a being pregnant — about 1,000 grams.
Babies weighing below 400 grams are so unusual that for the reason that Nineteen Eighties, all of them have been recorded on the College of Iowa’s Tiniest Babies Registry. Based on the registry, Raneem is, certainly, the lightest child ever efficiently delivered within the Metropolis of New York for the reason that college beginning monitoring. She’s the third smallest in New York State historical past.
Additionally outstanding about Raneem is the truth that, along with her residency at Brookdale over, she is basically as impartial as a child might be, with out medical interventions. She is respiration common air, and had no inner bleeding within the mind and eyes usually seen in equally untimely babies, Dr. Mascoll-Robertson mentioned.
Like different “preemies,” Brookdale mechanically enrolled Raneem in early intervention packages to detect abnormalities which can be typically related to untimely delivery, like sensitivity to mild and sound. However the workers that labored along with her are assured that the “miracle baby” will succeed going ahead.
“Part of it is what we do,” Dr. Mascoll-Robertson mentioned. “But I think she was meant to be here, honestly.”