HYDERABAD: Gangrene has been found in the small intestine of a newborn child in Kakinada, whose both parents had been asymptomatic carriers of Covid-19 virus.
Within 24 hours of the child being born, the baby developed severe vomiting
and diarrhoea. Paediatricians scanned its abdomen to find gangrene in the
small intestine. Surgery has been carried and the defective part removed.
Paediatricians in Hyderabad say that it could be one of the rare cases of
lowered cell immunity due to Coronavirus or an undetected defect which has
The case has been recorded and will be submitted to the Indian Academy of
Paediatrics once the child recovers completely. Due to cases of intestinal gangrene observed in adults after recovery from Coronavirus in Rajkot, Gujarat, medical fraternity has been alert. The baby’s case in Kakinada thus has attracted attention.
Doctors questioned the couple as congenital disorders could also lead to
formation of gangrene in children. They found that the couple suffered from
Covid-19. Due to her advanced stage of pregnancy, doctors monitored her
online. The young woman delivered the child 20 days later.
The baby’s case is a very rare event. But it has been observed in a few
cases in the past.