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The real heroes.

This refers to the article 'Sextuplets[ETH]' (GDN, June 23).I think delivering sextuplets by Caesarean section is not a big deal for a senior obstetrician. Too much credit has been given to a group of obstetricians. I think those who really deserve credit are the paediatricians.

These are the guys who received the tiny little creatures one by one and must have supported their breathing by putting tubes in their airways. They would have definitely succumbed much earlier if left unattended even in the presence of the obstetricians.

These doctors had to work very hard with each of the pre-term babies just to stabilise their vital signs and these include putting tubes in the airways and connecting them to the life-supporting machines.

To set up an arterial line and monitor blood gases is another big job. Besides, there are many other complications like respiratory, cardiac and CNS etc, that can't be prevented unless appropriate measures are taken.

What I am trying to say is that it might have taken at least one hour to get the babies out. Once the babies are handed over to the paeditricians, the obstetricians' responsibilities are over. Now the paediatricians spend hours and days to manage the babies.

Double credit should also go to the experienced and hard-working nurses who took care of these babies at Salmaniya Medical Complex.

I suggest a visit to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the Paediatric Department of SMC and another article on it.

Ahmad S

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Date:Jul 3, 2008
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