Pilot screening scheme saves baby's life

Fahmeeda Khatoon with daughter Habul. Credit: ITV News

A pilot project to screen newborn babies for rare diseases has helped to save a little girl’s life.

Five-month old Habul Khatoon was born with metabolic condition Maple Syrup Urine Disease that could have led to severe brain damage - or even death - but a screening programme helped doctors diagnose her problem and give her life-saving treatment.

Habul Khatoon is now a lively, bubbly five-month-old.

The scheme, which is being led and co-ordinated by doctors at Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust, will test 430,000 newborns.

Screening began in July 2012 and is aimed at finding youngsters born with five different metabolic conditions.