A baby girl who was born prematurely after only 24 weeks of gestation, rather than the normal 40 weeks, weighing just 1.34 pounds, has gone home with her parents after only three months in the Huberfeld Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Shaare Zedek.

Remarkably, the baby girl began to cry when she was born and did not require a respirator to breathe. An ultrasound showed her brain to be normal, with no bleeding, and during her stay in the Hospital she did not develop any infections or other complications.

Dr. Reuven Bromiker, a senior neonatologist, observed that this was an extremely rare case. “Ten years ago, the chances of such a baby surviving were lower than 20 percent. A combination of the accumulated know-how and among the most advanced equipment in the country enables us to have impressive accomplishments. But such a case or such a premature baby who reaches normal weight without respiration – this we have never seen,” he said.

Treating premature babies is very complicated and it requires cooperation among the parents, doctors, nurses, respiratory technicians, physiotherapists, social workers, breast feeding counselors, pharmacists, clinical communications specialists and maintenance workers,” said Prof. Francis Mimouni, Director of Neonatology.