In honouring the legends, the name of Dr Virginia Apgar deserves all the respect. It is for her contribution that the face of Neonatology changed forever. Google doodle changed it's handle in honouring her on her 109th birth anniversary.
She was a leader in the fields of anesthesiology and teratology, and introduced obstetrical considerations to the established field of neonatology.
Apgar published over sixty scientific articles and numerous shorter essays for newspapers and magazines during her career, along with her book, Is My Baby All Right?
The doctor developed a newborn infant's neonatal prognosis, known as the Apgar Score, which is taken within minutes of birth and has become standard practice in hospitals worldwide.
After starting work in New York in 1933, Dr Apgar was disturbed by the treatment of newborn babies particularly those who were malformed or had troubled breathing.
To her astonishment, infants who were blue or were struggling to breathe were listed as stillborn and left to die.
This prompted the fiercely passionate physician to develop her score, which has a range of zero to ten based on a tot’s condition.
It soon became clear that a baby with a poor rating could be resuscitated, by oxygen and warming, to a good score in around five minutes.
Thanks in part to Apgar’s work, the death rate for newborns across the world decreased massively.
She died of cirrhosis of the liver on August 7, 1974.
Respect to her from whole of the medical community and from every child who is born and had his/her Apgar score taken.
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