Parirenyatwa Baby: Zimbabwean Officials Reacts To Viral Deformed Baby Pictures

A patient is taken home on a stretcher by his relatives from Parirenyatwa hospital's accident and emergency ward in the capital Harare




The Chief Executive Officer of Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals, Thomas Zigora has reacted to reports on social media alleging that a deformed baby was delivered at the hospital.

Zigora, who is out of the country dismissed the reports saying, “I heard the rumour over the weekend. I checked with the matron on duty who said she knew nothing about it.

“It’s absolutely false. Nothing of the sort happened at Pari,” he said.

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The hospital Public relations officer also dismissed the reports adding that it was very mischievous.

“There is no record at the hospital of a delivery on an infant with congenital birth defects as per investigation, which covered a fortnight ago to the sad date 4th November 2015.

“There is no doctor by the name of Chenyeke working at the hospital whose credentials as a doctor we are also questioning.

“The said creature on social media has a condition known as Anencephaly which is the absence of a major portion the brain,skull and scalp that occurs during embryonic development, ”they said in a press statement.

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According to the United States Centre for Disease Control (CDC):

Anencephaly is a serious birth defect in which a baby is born without parts of the brain and skull. It is a type of neural tube defect (NTD). These are birth defects that happen during the first month of pregnancy, usually before a woman knows she is pregnant. As the neural tube forms and closes, it helps form the baby’s brain and skull (upper part of the neural tube) spinal cord, and back bones (lower part of the neural tube).

Anencephaly happens if the upper part of the neural tube does not close all the way. This often results in a baby being born without the front part of the brain (forebrain) and the thinking and coordinating part of the brain (cerebrum). The remaining parts of the brain are often not covered by bone or skin.

Almost all babies born with anencephaly will die shortly after birth. CDC estimates that each year, about 1 in every 4,859 babies in the United States will be born with anencephaly.

Women can take steps before and during pregnancy to reduce the risk of having a baby born with birth defects. Such steps include taking a daily multivitamin with folic acid (400 micrograms) not smoking, and not drinking alcohol during pregnancy.


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