A ward ‘signs’ up to save deaf-mute couple’s child – Times of India

Hyderabad: Doctors at a hospital in Hyderabad broke the ‘sound barrier’ to save a newborn baby. In a rare case, all 11 of the newborn’s doctors and nurses Ward A deaf-mute taught himself sign language to communicate with a couple who had a baby after multiple cycles of infertility treatment.
Shadi Bhagima (47), a housewife, and Mr. Rajkumar (55), a central government employee had premature twins weighing less than one kilogram. The son died, leaving the couple distraught, with the daughter hospitalized for 76 days due to multiple complications.
Despite initial communication breakdowns, on doctors KIMS, Kondapur, understood that this was the couple’s last chance to experience the joys of parenthood. If saving a child means teaching yourself the language of a voiceless world, so be it.

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Doctors told TOI that the mother had high blood pressure during pregnancy and insufficient blood flow to the uterus. After delivery, it was necessary to keep the girl under observation for two months.
Dr. Aparna ChandrasekaranClinical director of neonatology at KIMS said: “Initially, Rajkumar spoke to us by writing in English. But he could not come to the hospital regularly and we were talking to him through video calls. A relative Someone who knew sign language acted as an interpreter because it was important for us to tell both parents what medical procedures the child was undergoing and what care they needed.

After a while, the translator was also unavailable. “We felt we needed to communicate directly with both parents because they would get upset when we tried and told them about some of the tests. These were routine tests but they were often useless. felt Chinese, when father offered to teach us sign language.
D Sujata, shift in-charge of the ward, said his father had taught him the alphabet, calendar and other basics early. Sujata added, “Over time, we learned other things by interacting with both the parents on a daily basis.
It took about ten days for three doctors, four junior doctors and four nurses looking after the baby to understand sign language. “Some of our doctors and nurses were so good at understanding sign language that they taught it to other team members,” Aparna said.
According to Dr Arvind Luchani, consultant doctor at the Neonatal Unit, the priority at this juncture is to maintain the health and nutrition of the baby, which the parents are “doing well”.
The baby was recently discharged, weighed 1.8kg, had no birth defects, but left behind an army of doctors and nurses who could tell you in sign language. What supplements to take and what foods to avoid.
Bhagima and Murree Rajkumar sent a message to TOI confirming that their “daughter is healthy”, adding, “We are confident that we know all the procedures to take care of our daughter. We are sure That we will raise him now as a healthy person.

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