Experiencing Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN)


It was one of the most beautiful afternoons in my life. It was the birth of my second baby, Eddie.

Everything was going as planned and the baby was doing well other than shaking and fast breathing.

On the second day during a normal check-up, the nurse had concerned on the shaking and speed of breathing and escalated the case to Newborn Care (NICU) and also Children’s hospital. They were initially only intended to escalate to one team only. However, as the phone didn’t go through, they escalated to both teams. In the end, both teams turned up.

Doctors from both units attended to this 2 days old baby. They confirmed Eddie have Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN) and sent my baby to Newburn Care (NICU).

I wasn’t too much worry about NICU as I basically know nothing about PPHN and also I had been to NICU before. But the most important thing was I know that I wasn’t a doctor and my best option was to completely obey the guidance of the doctor.

I wasn’t scared about it until one night I find out what is PPHN from Mr. Google.

“PPHN is kind of a top killer for newborn baby. The root cause of PPHN was that during the pregnancy, the baby’s have aspirated his own meconium, feces for a baby before born. This caused a fatal virus being developed inside the body. The worse result for PPHN is become a disable or even die.

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