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Premature twins saved using a respirator system in Sharjah.

Sharjah: The lives of premature twin girls, Lian and Lial, who were born on July 2 at the Paediatric and Neonatal Department at the University Hospital Sharjah (UHS) were saved after immediate medical intervention and the use of a supplied air respirator system.

Born prematurely to Palestinian parents at seven months and weighing only 1.3kg, Lian suffered from bleeding in the lungs, which was stopped using a respirator system, one of the latest technologies acquired by the hospital recently.

The medical team also used drugs to stabilise the lung haemorrhage, said Dr Hakam Yaseen, Head of the Paediatric and Neonatal Department at the hospital.

The twins were also given nutrition for premature newborn, and are now being breastfed by their mother.

Lial, however, was discharged from the hospital more than five days ago, while her sister remains under constant care at the hospital, said Dr Hakam.

"Lian has been in hospital for over 26 days under round-the clock care and will be discharged within the next 10 days," he added.

Dr Hakam said that Lian's medical condition was more serious than her sister's due to the opening of the ductus arteriosus between the artery lung and the aorta which led to exacerbating the pulmonary bleeding. "The bleeding and pneumonia required three days of continuous efforts," said Dr Hakam who added that Lian was given nutrition through a venous catheter.

Mother of the twins Serine Salem Abdul Wahid said they had undergone several clinical trials with no luck at conceiving and were blessed with the twins after 10 years.

"It was a normal but premature birth. Now everything is stable thanks to the confidence and abilities of the UHS," said Serine.

Pulmonary bleeding is considered one of the main causes of the rising death rate among premature babies.

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Publication:Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)
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Date:Jul 29, 2013
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