Kenyan National Hospital Doctors Celebrate As 400 gms Baby Reaches 3.5 Kg Weight

Kenyan National Hospital Doctors Celebrate As 400 gms Baby Reaches 3.5 Kg Weight

A team of doctors at Kenyan National Hospital watched over baby Jeremy Tubula who was born at 400 mg. Recently, they celebrated his reaching a weight of 3.5 Kgs in five months.

It was a promising day at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH), Kenya after the doctors achieved what can be termed another medical landmark. The word “another” appears in the sentence because it had been done previously. And that's exactly what makes the landmark worth celebrating even more.  Because we all know that in the medical line, consistency is as important as a discovery. The previous one was achieved at the same hospital in Kenya. 

Kenyan National Hospital Doctors Celebrate As 400 gms Baby Reaches 3.5 Kg Weight

 

By now you must be wondering what this medical landmark is. Baby Jeremy Tubula was born five months ago weighing only 400 grams. Just in case you don't know, that's not normal birth weight. Medically it is known as Low Birth Weight. This term is used to describe babies who are born before they are ready to say hurrah to the world. This means that the baby is born weighing less than 5 pounds. Though Low Birth Weight babies can be born healthy, they also can have complicated health problems. 

Kenyan National Hospital Doctors Celebrate As 400 gms Baby Reaches 3.5 kg Weight In 5 Months

Therefore, it is quite understandable when Baby Jeremy Tubula's mother Catherine Joy could not contain her joy during the celebration of her baby's survival. She held the little one to her chest. The doctors too were in a joyous mood, glowing with pride. During the five months, he was with them, they were the ones who nursed Baby Jeremy to a whooping 3.5kgs! 

Addressing the press on Wednesday, the hospital management said, “The baby was born at 25 weeks gestation with a birth weight of 400gms.

He has been nurtured and managed by our doctors for five months to attain 3.5kgs. This is phenomenal for the country and the region.”

Doctors celebrating the milestone with the parent

There was a cake cutting ceremony that marked the event. And Dr Barbara Magoha graced the occasion with her presence. She was the obstetrician who led the team of reproductive specialist in caring for Baby Jeremy Tubula's mother. 

The first baby, Hope Obonyo, whom the doctors also nursed eight years ago was in attendance. Hope is energetic and full of life even though she, too, was born with a birth weight of 400 grams. 

Pregnancy can be an unpredictable time in a woman's life. During this time you should have your doctor on speed dial. Report anything abnormal you might be feeling in your body. Your doctor would know what to do.

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Lydia Ume