NEW DELHI: A 23-year-old woman from Bulandshahr, who has been lying unconscious for the past seven months after undergoing multiple surgeries for head injuries sustained in a road accident, delivered a healthy baby girl at AIIMS last week.
According to doctors, the woman wasn’t wearing a helmet when the two-wheeler she was riding pillion on with her husband met with an accident on March 31 this year. She suffered multiple serious head injuries and though she has survived, she remains unconscious. “She opens her eyes but doesn’t follow any commands,” said Prof Deepak Gupta from the neurosurgery department, advising that a helmet should be worn by every person. “If the woman had worn a helmet, her life would have been different,” said Dr Gupta.
The woman’s husband, who worked as a private driver, left his job as he had to look after his pregnant wife since she was not in a conscious state.
“I don’t have anything to say now. I don’t know what to do and how life will go. Everything has come to a standstill,” he said, adding that he was also with her when the accident took place but she had to suffer.
Prof Gupta told TOI that since the woman was 40 days pregnant when she arrived at AIIMS, her condition was reviewed by a team of gynaecologists and it was found that the baby was healthy and there was no indication of termination of pregnancy. The doctors left the decision on the patient’s family. “Instead of approaching the court for termination of pregnancy, her husband opted to keep the baby,” said the doctor.
Normal delivery was conducted by a team of gynaecologists at AIIMS last Thursday. Since the patient can’t feed her child, milk is being given from a bottle.
The patient was unconscious when she reached the trauma centre and was immediately put on a ventilator. The next day, she was operated on and part of her damaged brain was removed. After four weeks, she underwent another surgery. Later, she was removed from ventilator support but three more procedures had to be performed. “Total five neurosurgical operations were performed between March 30 and June 15,” said doctors.