A family in Cayman is celebrating
the arrival of a new son with relief after the baby survived a traumatic birth
During the birth of baby Javier
Fuentes, who was born on 6 May at Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital, it was
discovered during his delivery that the umbilical cord was wrapped around his
neck four times.
“In 30 years of practice, I’ve
never seen this happen before,” said Dr. Sarath de Alwis, who delivered the
child in a Caesarian section operation.
Although umbilical cords wrapped
around babies’ neck is not uncommon, Dr. De Alwis said it was “extremely rare”
for a cord to be wrapped four times around the neck.
The medical team unwrapped the cord
from the child’s neck. Umbilical cords can be cut or untwined from a baby’s
neck during delivery.
Ms Scott said she had been going
for regular checks at the hospital and was admitted to the hospital at 37 weeks
for the baby’s delivery.
“I had an epidural and I knew
nothing about it until the next morning when Javier’s father, Jovin, told me
what had happened. Then the doctor came in and told me the same thing,” she
Ms Scott, who also has two-year-old
twins, said her baby was in good health. Javier was 6.2lbs when he was born and
has been putting on weight since.
Cords wrapped around babies’ necks
can cause foetal distress. In this case, there appeared to be no foetal
distress, but the baby was a breach birth so the medical team decided to go
ahead with a Caesarian section. Dr. de Alwis said it was not apparant from the
scan that the cord was wrapped around the baby’s neck.
Ms Scott was released hospital two
days after the delivery and little Javier, who had been transferred for
follow-up care to the Cayman Islands Hospital, was released on Monday, 17 May.
“It’s good to have him home,” she