The baby boy who was prematurely delivered following the Supreme Court’s order to terminate the pregnancy of a 13-year-old rape victim, succumbed on Sunday at the State-run JJ Hospital. The baby was delivered on September 8 at 32 weeks and weighed 1.8 kg. While he was stable for a few hours after being shifted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), he developed breathing difficulties on Saturday, after which he was placed on ventilator support. Given the premature birth, his lungs, like other organs, had not fully developed. “The baby passed away at 10 a.m. on Sunday,” confirmed a doctor from the hospital. Medical experts said that premature babies can develop complications but with good NICU care, babies as small as 700 grams in weight have survived. Exceptional casesWhile the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act, 1971, allows termination only up to 20 weeks, Section 5 of the Act provides an exception to the doctor in good faith, only if immediate termination is the only way to save the mother’s life. Kandivali-based gynaecologist Dr. Kartik Bhagat, who first detected the girl’s pregnancy, said that this is “not as easy as it sounds”. “Legally, termination of pregnancies is allowed only up to 20 weeks. If I had to apply the Section 5 of MTP Act in this case, the mother’s life was not in immediate danger for me to carry out a termination,” said Dr. Bhagat, who immediately referred the case to another gynaecologist, Dr. Nikhil Datar, for the legal procedures. By the time all the necessary procedures, including the filing of the FIR, medical examination, the submission of a petition in the Supreme Court and that of a medical report by team of doctors was completed, the girl was in the 31st week of her pregnancy. On September 6, the SC allowed the termination of the pregnancy, which was to be carried out two days later. But on September 8, the doctors delivered a baby boy.
The semi-finals appearance in the women’s doubles event at the just concluded Wimbledon Championships on Monday catapulted Sania Mirza and Russia’s Elena Vesnina to number two slot in the WTA rankings.Sania-Elena pair has 4506 points in the list which is headed by Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik with 6865 points.”The partnership with Elena has been great in the last four months, specially the Slams.When we started playing together last year at Dubai, and had somebody said that we will be number two after Wimbledon, we would have laughed,” Sania told PTI from Dubai.Sania has taken a three-week break from the circuit to recover from her left knee injury.”It’s (knee) sore since I am off the pain killers. I am recovering.Hopefully it will be okay after 10 days rest.”Sania’s first tournament after the break will be the WTA event in Washington from July 25.The good show at the Wimbledon also resulted in Sania achieving the career-best doubles rank of 11, an improvement of three slots.In the singles though Sania slid to 63, a loss of three position, after a first round exit.Meanwhile in the ATP rankings, Somdev Devvarman rose to career-best 63 in the men’s singles.Leander Paes also improved his doubles rankings by getting back into the top-10.He is placed eighth while his partner Mahesh Bhupathi is highest ranked Indian in the list at number five.Rohan Bopanna is at number 10, just behind his Pakistani partner Aisam-ul-haq Qureshi.Wozniacki Stays On TopDenmark’s Caroline Wozniacki remains on top of the women’s singles rankings in spite of her failure to win a Grand Slam title.advertisementThe 20-year-old has now spent 38 weeks in the number one position but has only ever reached one Grand Slam final – the US Open in 2009 – and was knocked out in the fourth round at Wimbledon. Petra Kvitova’s reward for winning Wimbledon was a move up one place to seven in the world while Maria Sharapova edges up one place to number five. French Open champion Li Na slips two places to number six.The biggest mover in the women’s rankings was the German Sabine Lisicki, a wildcard entry at Wimbledon where she went on to lose to Sharapova in the semi- finals.Lisicki, who had reached 22 in the world before an ankle injury interrupted her progress last year, moved up from number 62 to 27.Somdev rises to career-best 63 in men’s singlesWith inputs from PTI