Baby Pham Thi The's Story
Baby The Pham was born full term on Aug 23, 2021, at the obstetrics department of the
hospital. She was the second-born child of her family. After the delivery, she seemed
healthy as she cried loudly and had no difficulty sucking. However, three days later, the
baby showed signs of jaundice which gradually appeared from the abdomen to the lower
extremities. The baby was then admitted to the neonatal department for diagnosis and
treatment. According to the doctors, jaundice appeared from dermal zone I to zone IV of
the body and there were no abnormalities in other organs. The doctors diagnosed baby The
with jaundice due to an increase in unconjugated bilirubin.
Although newborn jaundice is common – about 3 in 5 babies (60 percent) have jaundice; if a
baby has severe jaundice and does not get quick treatment, it can lead to brain damage.
Baby The was placed in an incubator to keep warm during the phototherapy treatment; her
eyes were also covered to shut out the bright light. Eventually, on Aug 27, 2021, baby The
recovered from jaundice and the family happily took her home.