Should a foetus with anomalies be allowed to grow and take birth or should it be terminated? This is the issue challenging specialist doctors dealing with ante-natal and post-natal care.

A group of doctors -- gynaecologists, paediatrics, radiologists and others gathered at the Kakatiya Medical College here on Sunday for the one-day symposium held to debate foetal anomalies.

Parents confused

Senior paediatrician T. Rajaiah said parents were confused with each specialist giving his/her own version about foetal anomalies.

Parents were unable to decide whether to give birth or terminate the pregnancy. If all the specialists consult and come to a common understanding, it would help build a better society.

The symposium was jointly organised by the Indian Association of Paediatrics and Kalyani Hospitals.

Chief patron of the event, Parcha Anjani Devi said technology in the medical field now enabled one to know anomalies in the foetus and correct the same.

However, since doctors dealing with the case don’t see each other, children were born with defects much to the discomfort of parents and even doctors. “When we have a chance to do a better job, we should. That is our tribute to our field and to the society,” she said.

Welcoming experts who came from Bangalore, Maharashtra and other places, organising secretary Pingali Gopal said it was the first of its kind effort where all specialists dealing with foetal anomalies were brought together. “This is a beginning and soon similar conferences will be held across the country to debate on this important issue,” he said.

IMA local president Maganti Seshu Madhav said it was like viewing a science fiction movie seeing all the specialists on one platform. “This is a good beginning and I hope this will set a trend in stillborn and newborn baby care,” he said.

KMC Principal A. Vivekananda urged doctors to create awareness among parents and seek their cooperation for better performance of their duties. IAP president R. Prabhakar Rao, DM & HO P Sambasiva Rao and experts also spoke.

  • ‘Parents confused with each specialist giving their own version about foetal anomalies’

  • One-day symposium organised at Kakatiya Medical College to debate foetal anomalies