A critically premature newborn with a severe esophageal malformation was saved at the Paolo Giaccone Policlinico in Palermo thanks to the collaboration between Neonatology, Neonatal Intensive Care, and Pediatric Surgery. The baby was born at 28 weeks gestation, weighed only 800 grams, and had esophageal atresia, a serious malformation that prevents feeding and jeopardizes breathing. This required complex and delicate surgical reconstruction. The case required a multidisciplinary approach to ensure the baby’s survival and future quality of life. The baby was stabilized in the neonatal intensive care unit for two months before surgery. After stabilization and reaching a weight of 1,800 grams, the surgical intervention was performed, reconstructing the esophagus and separating it from the trachea. The baby returned to the neonatal intensive care unit for respiratory assistance and total parenteral nutrition. The journey to exclusive enteral feeding was long and complex, with the support of the neonatology and speech therapy team. The patient is now continuing follow-up with neonatologists, surgeons, and speech therapists, demonstrating the power of modern medicine and collaboration in providing a better future for newborns facing such challenges from the beginning of their lives.
Palermo, salvato al Policlinico bambino nato con una grave malformazione: pesava solo 800 grammi