Aborted at 32 weeks, little Indian baby dies two days later

By Dave Andrusko

The little baby boy at the center of a fierce abortion debate in India died Sunday morning. His death was likely due to serious respiratory problems, a result of being eight weeks premature, DoctorNDTV reported.

As NRL News Today reported last week, the case was bathed in confusion and controversy. Last Wednesday the Supreme Court of India gave the 13-year-old mother, a victim of rape, permission to abort her 32-week old baby. But it was not clear in last Friday’s accounts, or in Monday’s story, whether she actually aborted or whether the doctors induced a delivery to try to save the baby.

In either case, the baby boy weighed only four pounds at birth and was on a ventilator for 48 hours, according to DoctorNDTV. He was moved to a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and died about 10 AM on Sunday.

“His condition was critical since birth. Prematurity is what probably killed him but a detailed autopsy will tell us better,” said a JJ doctor.

The baby died after there was bleeding in his chest.

According to the doctor, “It is possible that he bled inside chest and brain as well but we will know only after a post mortem.”

The family had ultimately decided on taking the baby with them after the birth but unfortunately it remained a mere wish.

It was known that the teenage mother was doing fine and would be discharged soon.

The 13-year-old’s pregnancy was not discovered until August

when her parents took her to a doctor to check whether her sudden obesity was caused by thyroid, a sonography showed she was 27-weeks pregnant. Police said till then she had not informed her parents about the assault.

On August 9, the parents of the 13-year-old registered a police complaint with Charkop police. According to police, the 23-year-old accused, who allegedly assaulted the minor multiple times, has been arrested.

Further complicating the entire tragedy was that an abortion that close to natural birth is extremely dangerous to the mother. Typically, the process of taking the child’s life in those instances extends over three to four days.

The case of this young girl from Mumbai came on the heels of a case of a 10-year-old girl, also a victim of rape, whom the courts did not give permission to abort. The girl delivered her baby by C-section after the Supreme Court of India said that 32 weeks, she was too far along, reasoning that the abortion was far too dangerous for the girl.