Las Tunas.- Mariana was born at 27 weeks weighing less than 700 grams. Her mother suffered a severe preeclampsia and had to be operated immediately. Although the child's chances survival were minimal, professionals from the Neonatology service at the Ernesto Guevara de la Serna hospital managed to keep her alive.
She is one of the many newborns treated during 2016 in this neonatal intensive care unit and now enjoy the family care; where a high survival rate of children weighing less than 1,000 grams and extremely premature infants below 28 weeks of gestational age was achieved.
The past year was characterized by high morbidity, associated with extreme prematurity, , mother-to-child early-onset infections transmission, and other complications. Children with community-acquired infections, caused for the administration of infusions of green medicine without knowing their concentration, were also attended.
Ana Nastia Tamayo Ortiz, head of the service, said that care extends beyond; patients discharged are rehabilitated in the neurodevelopment service until the age of five.
Inalvis Fonseca, a nurse with 20 years of experience, said that for those who work there, it is a pleasure to give a healthy child to their parents. "It is the certainty that it was worth the sacrifice and the sleepless nights next to them. We stay longer in this ward than in our homes, and it hurts a lot when something goes wrong, we cry the loss along with the family."