x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Sharjah doctors save lives of premature twin girls

Lian and Lial were born at the start of the month and required immediate medical attention from staff at University Hospital Sharjah's paediatric and neonatal department.

SHARJAH // Doctors have saved the lives of twin girls born with serious health problems and two months premature.

Lian and Lial were born at the start of the month and required immediate medical attention from staff at University Hospital Sharjah's (UHS) paediatric and neonatal department.

Lian had breathing problems and was placed on a respirator, and then given drugs to help stabilise her lungs.

Lial, who was only 1.3kg, was given premature newborn nutrition to increase her weight.

"Lian's case was more complicated than her sister's," said Professor Hakam Yaseen, head of the department.

"Pulmonary bleeding and pneumonia required three days of continuous efforts.

"The little baby girl was referred with the respirator and nutrition and the problems were gradually stopped," said Prof Yaseen.

The twins' condition is now stable. "I can say that the treatment given by the doctors and supervisors at the UHS has significantly contributed to stabilising the condition of my twins during the difficult past weeks," said their mother, Serine Salem Abdul Wahid, from Palestine.

Pulmonary bleeding is one of the main causes of death among premature babies, with a mortality rate of 70 to 90 per cent. Doctors said the twins are now ready to be discharged from hospital.

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