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Woman gives birth after 19 miscarriages

One-hour 'key-hole' surgery helps woman continue pregnancy till 34 weeks and deliver baby

  • By Mahmood Saberi, Senior Reporter
  • Published: 00:00 September 20, 2011
  • Gulf News

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Dubai: An Emirati woman who had undergone 19 miscarriages finally got a baby after an Indian laparoscopic surgeon performed a procedure that saved the life of the child.

The mother was 16 weeks pregnant and surgeon Dr Hafeez Rahman said tying up the mouth of the uterus from above to stop the foetus aborting was a very difficult procedure. This is the first such surgery done in the UAE, he said.

The surgeon came from India when he was told about the case.

The one-hour ‘key-hole' surgery helped the mother continue her pregnancy till 34 weeks and she was able to deliver a healthy baby.

Dr Hafeez is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for conducting 50,000 laparoscopic surgeries around the world. He said ‘key-hole' surgery is the surgery of the future and puts the patients back on their feet quicker than conventional surgeries.

The 35-year-old mother is a doctor at Al Wasl Hospital. Her gynaecologist, Dr Abeer Al Gergawi, said, "She was obsessive about having another child." The doctor said the miscarriages were occurring because of a tear in the cervix which was not repaired properly. The doctor had two other children before she kept trying for the third.

Infertility also an issue

While this was a unique case, the chances of miscarriages here are high because of high incidence of obesity and diabetes among women. "About 25 per cent of pregnancies are aborted in the Hospital," said Dr Abeer. She said because of the high incidence of obesity among women, infertility is also a huge issue here.

"Dubai is now the best place for minimally invasive procedures," Dr. Hafeez Rahman told a press conference yesterday. He said this was a historical moment in the medical sector for the UAE. "This shows that laparoscopy can save a lot of pregnancies," he said.

The surgeon who is chairman of the International Modern Hospital, plans to bring "robotic surgery" to Dubai. "Open surgery is slowly vanishing," he said.

First time in UAE

  • The procedure to save the baby is known as "abdominal cervix encirclage".
  • This is the first such procedure done in the UAE.
  • The operation was done by laparoscopy, or through a key-hole in the abdomen.
  • This surgery was more difficult as the mother's cervix had a tear which was not corrected earlier.

Comments (3)

  1. Added 17:29 September 20, 2011

    my all prayers for the mother and the baby. congrats to the noble doctor and let all the blessing from ALLAH to him

    pramodan, kannur, India

  2. Added 15:00 September 20, 2011

    salam alykum.....i'm filled with tears of happiness to knw that a lady gave birth aftr her 19th miscarriage. Allah has shown mercy. i'm also a woman who had miscarriage once....6th month b4...n still i'm unable to become pregnent...if any1 would help me with this...i would b glad..me n my husband really want a baby...its now one n half year we got married n still we didnt get a healthy pregnancy...plzz anyone help me...plzz do advice me n send a e-mail .... Mrs Amran

    Mrs Amran, Ajman, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 13:07 September 20, 2011

    Yes Hi, My name is irfan really am verey happy that after 19 baby’s miscarriage and one come in this world so I would like to thanks to the Dr. Hafeez rehaman an big congratulation. Dr. hafeez we have the same story my wife she is miscarriage 9 baby’s and the 10 baby girl was born in 27weak my baby she was for 40days in the SBCU thanks to my Allah & doctors now I have two baby girls the first one 5yrs old the 2cd one 17months. My message to everyone be on hope. Thank you so much once again

    irfan ud din, dubai, United Arab Emirates

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