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Baby Born at Hospital

Posted in Events, Toughts with tags , , , , , on May 12, 2009 by Firstiar N

Until this time, most people think that doctors and nurses are good people. They work hard as best as they can to care to their patients so most of people will entrust them when they ill. Everywhere arround the world, that might be true. But here in Indonesia, specially on government hospital, that somewhat to good to be true. Most people do their job unwillingly (if you don’t want to call that lazy). Only think about we paid this much, we care that much (well … not only in medical world actually, almost every aspect of life in this country affected by this).

I have a sample case. My poor nephew, born in government hospital, he didn’t receive a proper treatment for birth case in hospital. Let me explain it first. When a baby born at hospital, they MUST perform blood tests. One of their purpose is to see is there any bilirubin excees on his/her blood. If bilirubin concentration is over 10, the baby must have an extra treatment for that. Why they must? Because they have instrument for that. Unlike those wo help to give birth at home. But this government hospital didn’t do a single blood test on my nephew. Never know their reason.

The next is about the plasenta. This should be cleaned properly, using alcohol if needed to. and protect it to prevent any infections. What kind of infections? Well, if it not protected properly, when the baby pee, it might be infected from that. Other case is when we change diapers, if it not protected properly, it might infected by the air. My nephew? got nothing. Not the clean thing, not the protection thing.

Then what happen? In the 5th days, he show a yellowish eyes and skin, sign of to high bilirubin concentration on his blood. We rush to ER on nearest private hospital to do some blood test. We surprised that his bilirubin concentration is 33, more than three times it’s maximum allowed on human body (which is 10). After a day of full treatment on NICU, that concentration can only decreased one point. Just one point. The doctor said that the only way to save him is blood transfusion. Unfortunately, because of his condition is to weak, we can’t perform that since it will threaten his life it self. And my poor nephew passed away gracefully exactly one week after his born.

Well, my nephew condition is worse than just that actually, with a suspiction of a heart defect. But appart of that, the high bilirubin concentration it self is way to dangerous to let it go. So I think I must inform this to anyone who , whatever the reason, visit my blog and read this post. If you have a plan to give a birth to your baby at hospital, BE SURE to ask blood test periodically (at the very least, after birth and before you leave). Ask whenever you found any anomalies on the baby behavior. Even it just a tiny anomalies. If the doctor answer is not satisfy your questions, find any info about it on the net. Just to make sure your baby got a proper treatment.

For those who give a birth at home, the blood test is optional (considering it’s not good to bring the new baby out for quite distance). But if you feel ANY anomalies, rush to hospital before everything is to late.

Hope this post useful for those who need this informations.