After 80 days of battling for his life in a neonatal intensive care unit, a premature Israeli baby was sent home from a hospital in Ashdod on Monday.
“The resilience and determination shown by [the baby] proves that miracles exist in this world,” said Dr. Omer Globus, director of neonatology at the Assuta Ashdod Hospital.
The story began two and a half months ago, when Yuval Ganeh and her husband, Amir, anxiously rushed to Assuta. Yuval noticed a lack of fetal movement in her 31st week of pregnancy. Doctors discovered that the fetus was in distress and performed an emergency cesarean section delivery.
The baby, who has not yet been given a name, suffered from a severe form of pulmonary immaturity, which occurs when a newborn’s lungs are not sufficiently developed to provide for the body’s oxygen needs. The baby also had pulmonary hypertension, a condition that affects the blood vessels in the lungs and is characterized by high blood pressure.
Immediately after the surgery, Baby Ganeh was transferred to the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for critical treatment and close monitoring. During the initial days, the medical team faced an uphill battle while his condition teetered between life and death. There were several instances when his parents were called to bid farewell. Miraculously, their son managed to overcome each crisis.
After about two weeks, Baby Ganeh’s condition began to stabilize, offering a glimmer of hope to his parents and the medical staff.
Baby Ganeh will require respiratory assistance and continued medication, but doctors believe that, as he grows stronger, the medical intervention will eventually become unnecessary.
“Throughout our time in the hospital, we felt as if we were on an emotional roller coaster,” said Yuval and Amir, residents of Kiryat Gat.
“Today, we leave these hospital gates with our son, having triumphed over adversity. It was not an easy journey, and our baby faced near-death experiences, but thanks to the medical team – true messengers from heaven – we are smiling today and expressing our heartfelt gratitude,” they said.
Hospital staff also celebrated Baby Ganeh’s release.
“This premature baby, born at 31 weeks, presented challenges beyond what we have encountered before,” said Globus. “Time and again, he defied the odds, proving to us that our dedication and hard work pay off. We have great expectations for his future, and I am honored to have played a role in this magical journey.”