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my niece is 17 years old and was 6 months pregnant and took 3 fits in the house and whilst going into hospital, she was diagnosed with preaclampsia and told the baby would have to be aborted in order to save her life, they gave her an emergency cesarian, the baby was 1lb 9oz born but sadly he was stillborn, is ther anything more the hospital could have done for instance could they have revived the baby and put in an incubator.

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replied February 9th, 2010
Complications during Pregnancy Answer A9884

Welcome to the ehealthforum. I am glad to help you out. I am very sorry about what has happened with your niece and my best wishes for her healthy recovery. Regarding the fetus, pre eclampsia is one of the most common and serious causes of still born babies. Unfortunately along with pre eclampsia, the tenure of pregnancy at that time was 6 months which is approximately the period of viability(earlier it was thought to be 28 weeks).

At this stage of gestation, the different organ systems of the baby especially the respiratory system continue to mature as do the central nervous system, digestive system and even reproductive and circulatory systems. The lungs are immature and start producing a substance called surfactant, which prevents the lungs from sticking together and helps the baby to breathe after birth. Unfortunately at this gestation age, the survival rate of the fetus is very less because of the immaturity in development of different systems.

I can understand your anguish but the doctors at the hospital must have felt helpless themselves because of the gross prematurity and must have made every effort to save the baby. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.

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