It would be wrong to assume that Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah are apathetic to Karachi’s development because both were born in Karachi and have a share in the city.
This was confirmed by CM Sindh Advisor for Law and Environment Lawyers Murtaza Wahab during a speech at the Federal Area B Trade and Industry Association ceremony on Wednesday.
The legal adviser mentioned that CM has promised to develop the Karachi SITE area and two roads are being built there while nine more roads will be built in the coming year.
He claimed that the Sindh government had carried out construction work in all of the city’s industrial estates without the fanfare of ribbon-cutting ceremonies after the projects were completed.
Wahab claims that the Sindh government has invested billions of rupees in industrial estates. He said that the provincial law and environment department under his auspices would hold monthly meetings with industry players to solve their problems.
He said industrialists face injustice because they do not get natural gas that they produce themselves. He alleged that the federal government did not pay a cent of its Rs300 billion share in the Rs1,100 billion Karachi Development Package.
He said the federal government had attempted to carry out Chinese cuts in the Sindh region by seizing control of two islands off the coast of Karachi through a presidential decree. He said that for this reason, the federal government was hesitant to present the same rules in the National Assembly.
Wahab said the federal government is not providing the sovereign guarantees needed for the revival of the Karachi Circle Railway as it is more interested in building the ML-1 railway project between Karachi and Peshawar.
He said the controversial census results committee set up by the federal government under Maritime Affairs Minister Ali Zaidi had not consulted Sindh.
Declan Colquhoun was born at 23 weeks, weighing 400g, and no bigger than this pen. Photo / Provided
When Declan Colquhoun was born, his aunt’s wedding ring would be placed on his arm.
She and her twin Riley were born at just 23 weeks and one day on March 3. This is considered the survival threshold – babies born earlier are not usually resuscitated.
Declan weighs just 400g – a photo of him next to a pen shows how small it is – while Riley is only 530g.
More than two weeks later, Riley lost his battle for life, while eight months passed, Declan this week moved out of Wellington Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit and is getting stronger every day. He now weighs 7kg.
At 22 weeks pregnant, the twins’ mother Kathryn Hutchinson, 23, discovered she was suffering from high blood pressure when she saw a midwife. She was diagnosed with preeclampsia, a condition that affects pregnant women, and doctors decided it was safer for her to deliver the baby.
They were born by caesarean section. Their eyes, still tightly closed, were directed to the ventilator, with Hutchinson and partner Chris Colquhoun unable to carry their baby boy.
Colquhoun had to return to his job in traffic management immediately.
“The reality is life goes on. Bills can’t be held.”
On March 17, the Upper Hutts get a call that Declan is fighting for his life. They rush to the hospital to embrace – their first hug since she was born – preparing for the worst. But she struggled and Riley had her kidneys failing the next day.
“In the early hours of March 19, his little body decided it was enough and he grew his wings,” said Hutchinson.
The couple held a small funeral ceremony for their 16-day-old son, days before the country was put under lockdown.
Then at three weeks of age, Declan opened his eyes for the first time.
But things got more difficult. Only mothers were allowed to visit their babies in the unit due to the risk of Covid-19 so Colquhoun would take Hutchinson to the hospital and wait outside in the parking lot. He didn’t see Declan for six weeks.
“It was terrible,” said Hutchinson. “She just lost her son and her other son is fighting for her life and she can’t be there.”
Declan’s recovery process has been slow. He underwent three surgical procedures a week.
“He’s very fragile.”
Hutchinson spent the whole day at his bedside and returned at night with Colquhoun after he finished work.
But about a month ago Declan was well enough to go out for the first time in his life. His parents took him for a walk around the hospital grounds.
And this week, she was transferred from intensive care to the special care unit for babies at Hutt Hospital but still needs oxygen and a tube to feed.
“This is a step in the right direction,” said Hutchinson.
“Good things take time. His development is delayed but he’s smiling now and making quiet little sounds.”
The couple also have a marriage to look forward to when Declan is well enough – Colquhoun proposed in September.
Declan challenges all odds.
The latest data from the Ministry of Health states that between 2013-2017, 237 babies with a gestation period of 22-23 weeks were born alive. Of these, 230 babies died.
The number of babies who are part of twins surviving in the early stages will also be very rare.
Pediatric Society President Nicola Austin said last year a working group reached a consensus to alert babies born at 23 weeks gestation, with preparations starting at 22 weeks and five days. The threshold in some hospitals is 24 weeks.
Maternal use of corticosteroids in preterm labor (developed in New Zealand and used globally) and less aggressive pulmonary ventilation are some of the latest medical advances that mean babies born this early can be saved.
But Austin learned about one baby who survived at 22 weeks and six days and one baby weighing less than 400g who survived at 24 weeks.
Hutchinson has been supported by the Neonatal Trust which provides grooming packages, supermarkets and petrol vouchers, as well as arranging family gatherings with speakers.
Executive director Rachel Friend said saving younger babies is placing a greater demand on trust, as does Covid-19.
It lost over $ 100,000 due to a canceled fundraising event. But in September, Hell Pizza donated $ 2 from every Unholy Donut sold to trusts – 34,248 eaten, raising $ 68,496.
Her friend’s 7-year-old son, Ruben, was born at 24 weeks, at what was “considered the survival line.”
He’s 665g and can fit in the palm of his hand if he’s allowed to hold it but the skin is “like paper”.
But now he’s growing fast.
“You don’t know anything is wrong. He reads above his age level, he plays football, he swims, he wants to play basketball next year, he likes mountain biking.”
Premature babies in NZ
• The youngest baby who survived preterm birth was born at 22 weeks and six days of gestation.
• The hospital performs resuscitation after 23 weeks.
• Between 2013 and 2017, 237 live babies were born with a gestation period of 22-23 weeks. There were 230 infant deaths at the same time during the same gestation period.
• About 10 percent of all babies are born prematurely (before 37 weeks gestation). That’s one every 90 minutes.
• There are six Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) in New Zealand that admit babies born before 32 weeks of age and 17 Specialized Infant Care Units (SCBU) at regional hospitals. Five thousand families each year use the facility.
James and Elizabeth Dunne are eager to return to New Zealand with baby Harrison. Photo / Provided
There is a growing hope that a New Zealand baby born in Europe with a life-threatening disease can come home in time for Christmas to meet with her extended family.
New Zealand mother Elizabeth Dunne gave birth to her son Harrison in Ireland in September after she traveled there with her husband James to seek medical help after suffering a previous miscarriage.
But Harrison came into a world “not breathing or moving”.
She was diagnosed with myotubular myopathy, a genetic condition that makes her muscles weak and she relies on a ventilator to help her breathe.
Informed that the healthiest option for Harrison and his family was to return to New Zealand, the Dunnes were shocked to learn that they would need to charter a specialist medical plane for € 250,000 – nearly NZ $ 430,000.
However, the fee was lowered to € 70,000, less than NZ $ 100,000, in the last day or two after doctors concluded that specialist aircraft were not required for Harrison to fly home.
A Gofundme page now set up to help the family raise money and go home, James’s father told Irish radio station Beat.
“As a parent, you want what’s best for your children in normal situations, but put that in a hyper-nightmare situation and then add to the world pandemic, and give 14,000 kilometers between you and the place you want to be,” he said.
The nightmare diagnosis for baby Harrison came after the Dunnes family suffered multiple heartbreaks trying to give birth.
The young family, who have taken over the Palmerston North Aqaba cafe from Elizabeth’s parents, have had four miscarriages.
Elizabeth also had a molar pregnancy, a complication in which the tissue around a fertilized egg develops abnormally to form a mass that needs to be removed.
They then traveled to Ireland, where James’s parents lived, to meet with doctors, who had helped women with a history of miscarriage to have a successful birth.
There was no indication that anything was wrong with the pregnancy until baby Harrison was born “drooping” and unable to move.
Mum Elizabeth told Irish station Beat that there had been developments at Harrison since she was born and that they were “holding on to hope.”
However, there is no cure for her condition and doctors have told them not to expect her to live long.
“There is no drug, clinical trial, surgery or drug that will fix Harrison. All we can control is the life we provide for him,” the family said on their Gofundme website.
Elizabeth said her family was “trying to live the best possible life” in every precious moment spent together.
Because of this they have had “a lot of discussion with doctors about quality of life”, he said.
This ultimately led to the belief that returning to New Zealand was important so that they could be near their support network and give Harrison the “happiest and most fulfilling life”.
But there are also medical reasons.
Specialists told the family it was important to protect Harrison from illness for the next two years because even the common cold can be difficult for him to recover from.
“New Zealand is currently moving towards more favorable weather for Harrison and giving him the best possible start before the next cold and flu season,” the couple said.
“For this reason we are eager to be home before Christmas, when summer really starts. All we have now is time with him.”
Pakistani-born songmaker Mahmood Khan ‘Ginoo’ rises to No. 8 on the world’s most famous and authentic music chart known as the Billboard Charts Top 10 songs, the first for Pakistani artists and Urdu songs to enter the coveted Top 10 Billboard Chart. This is a big win for Urdu, Pakistan, its youth and music culture. This is also a big day for the Australian music industry. Mahmood was inherited by Australia in 2009 and now he has fulfilled his promise to track a new world music phenomenon dubbed ‘World / Pop’.
Speaking to The News from Australia on Tuesday, Mahmood Khan eagerly commented, ‘This is truly extraordinary. I have done some extraordinary projects in my career, but this is above all.
I am glad that this is an Urdu song. I am also grateful for the encouragement of friends who advised me to always hold on to my own voice and never give up. Mehmood Khan pointed out, “Here in Australia, I have received a lot of support from community radio stations. In his message to Pakistani youth, he suggested “my message is to always celebrate your uniqueness.” –