Drug Helps Premature Babies

Health Watch A drug used by adults is now helping the smallest of patients fight for survival. If you follow the statistics, little Becca Hill isn't supposed to be here. Born more than 2 months early, Becca weighed just 13 ounces- less than an average size apple.

So far Becca beat the odds because she beat the risk of infection. Nearly 30% of the smallest premature babies contract infections caused by a fungus. It's on their skin after birth and when plastic life support tubes are inserted, the fungus enters their bodies.

More than 70% of babies who develop the infection will die or suffer permanent brain damage. A clinical trial revealed a drug- commonly given to transplant patients -also helps these tiny babies. Small doses of Fluconzale during the first six weeks of life prevented infections in all the babies tested.

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