A 29-year-old woman was diagnosed with a rare combination of conditions that can lead to miscarriage or stillbirth. Shyamala, an engineer from Erode had a history of fetal death in her first pregnancy and was uncertain over the success of her future pregnancies. When she conceived for the second time, doctors at Apollo Hospitals treated her with a mix of drugs and she delivered a healthy baby.
Shyamala the 29 year old woman was suffering from a combination of rheumatological complications which occurs in less than 1% of people. The condition left her with abnormal blood clotting risk. The other condition was the risk of heart block in the fetus as she had certain substances in her blood. These substances can damage the heart muscles of the fetus, leading to heart block.
Risk of blood clotting is not uncommon, substances in the mother's blood causing fetal heart block is rare, affecting one in 20,000 live births. A mix of blood thinners and antibodies were administer to her ro prevent the conditions from affecting the fetus.
Senior consultant obstetrician Dr Kondammal said Shyamala successfully delivered a healthy boy through Cesarean section and the baby was found to have no heart block. Shyamala continues to get blood thinners post-delivery for six weeks.
"We didn't know anything about her condition until we received the autopsy report of the first fetus," said Suresh Ramasamy, Shyamala's father.